Summer. It's here. And I love every bit of it.
I truly have the best job in the world. I have the great honor of capturing some of life’s most beautiful and intimately loving moments - I get to combine them together with paper and ink to create and archive one of life’s most treasured possessions: Memories.
I’ve known Erin and David for over half of my life. I adore them. So, when they asked me to follow them and their sweet girl, Emorie, around their farm with my camera at sunset, I was pumped.
The entire session ended up being magical. Getting back out with my camera was sort of like like riding a bike - I still have it.
Emorie is the perfect baby. I call her build-a-baby, sort of like build-a-bear, where you select all of the most adorable things and put them together to get the perfect result. That’s Emorie. She is always smiling. Erin’s parents’ farm has horses that Emorie loves to pet. She’s a fearless baby. The farm is covered with animals, flowers this intense lush green landscape. Oh, and the sunset cast that magical hazy light wash over everything that I’m so totally obsessed with. We were so happy with the way everything turned out.
Thank you, guys, for being incredibly beautiful and awesome people an allowing me to paparazzi you for an evening. It reminded me of why I love photography so much. When I have a camera in my hands and people in front of me, I feel the most alive.
I’ve recently received a good number of inquiries so am going to schedule some mini sessions for mid summer and early fall for you darlings. Stay tuned.
I've been on a bit of a photography hiatus after a recent move to San Diego, CA (yes, I drove across the country) and transition back to school - cramming my head with theories about conflict analysis, economic development (turns out economics is waayyy more difficult to understand than I ever imagined) and human rights law.
There are few things in life that make me happier and feel more like myself than picking up my camera, listening to stories, and capturing expressions of people when they recount the definitive turning points of their lives - the moments and events that have made them who they are. So, when the Indianapolis Public Library tasked me to create a large scale photo installation focusing on the journeys of migrants, immigrants, and refugees in Indianapolis, I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest.
I still can't believe that I have the great honor to work as a photographer; to meet so many incredibly beautiful people and listen to their stories of pain and triumph and how they have made their way through this unpredictable life and remain so optimistic.
Below are a few of the recent images captured for this body of work.
Ladies and gents, I'd like to introduce you to my nephew. His name is Ezekiel Reign. I love him so much I think my heart might actually explode.
A few years back, Joel was playing show at a small coffee shop. He played one particularly poignant song and I cried because it directly spoke to my life in a way that songs rarely do. We chatted afterwards and later became buddies. We've had some mighty fine times, worked on numerous creative and social projects, and drank about 17,564 cups of premium French pressed coffee. I love you people.
Great Uncle Fle carves all sorts of things out of wood and his late wife, Aunt Bev used to paint them. He carved and she painted - such a beautiful duo. He is a very senior citizen (I can't remember how old) and is incredibly witty and sharp. Each time I see him, I learn something that I need to know about life and how to live it. He lives in southern Indiana and I was so happy to visit with him last weekend. I always take photos and talk with him and here's a few excerpts from our time together. Luckily when I showed up, he had already had his afternoon nap, so he was hundreds.
Me: Do you follow social media Uncle Fle?
Fle: The problem these days is that everyone's got an opinion, but few have the knowledge to back it up... they keep putting all their opinions on that twitter.
Me: Um, do you have a twitter, then?
Fle: No, I don't need that in my life, but I know what it is and people put too much on it.
Me: Why do you go by Fle? What's the deal with the spelling?
Fle: When I was a kid, around 10, the other boys started calling me Fle and when they spelled it, not being Rhodes scholars and all, they left the "A" off. So we kept it that way.
Setting: Fle reading magazine entitled "Boomers" (I guess about baby boomers or something)
Me: What is that about?
Fle: It's a free magazine.
Me: I can tell, the cover looks like crap.
Fle: The thing with people these days is they are so darn critical.
Me: I'm sorry it's just a bad photo, not a bad person in the photo, but technically a bad photo.
Fle: Okay, I understand, it's your job and all that.
Me: Uncle Fle, I'm so happy to see you!
Fle: I like knowing someone that travels and that I can live vicariously through - I follow you on the web and all that. I don't like it when I click on one screen and mess everything up. When your brother biked to California, I read his blog every day.
Me: We should order pizza (the best pizza place ever is in his little town).
Fle: You gotta take a picture of it with your smart phone and send the picture to Ken and Deb (other family members) to make them jealous. I wouldn't know the first thing about sending a photo that way, on my flip phone.
Happy Birthday, Erin.
This is volume 2 of my series that I'm compiling. It's called 'Home' and it's about my life at home (duh!). There are so many magnificent things that happen in life and I'm trying to capture more of them through my lens. I feel like life goes by at a lightning-like speed that gives me distress about leaving rocks unturned and flowers un-smelled and that's probably why I'm a photographer so I can capture those beautiful moments and that's also why I forget to do things like sleep and go to the grocery store and I constantly ignore run-on sentences because who needs punctuation? The catch-22 with all this is that I've often left my camera in a drawer because it's difficult to both capture a moment and live in that moment simultaneously. Still thinking about how to address that great life challenge.
Anyway, we celebrated some birthday times in the back yard last night and I snapped a few photos. I am a big fan of birthday parties because it's a great time to remind people of how much their life means to others around them; a time to remind them of the gigantic role that they play on this planet and tell them that they are loved so much. My LA friends do this amazing thing called a "Birthday Ceremony" where they encourage everyone at a birthday party to give words of love and affirmation to the birthday person. So, I'm trying to incorporate that into birthday parties. Last night, we had a mini ceremony around 1am after the noise turned into silence and got to talk about the really great reasons to celebrate being alive.
Happy Birthday, loves.