These are the questions driving me and my work these days. To me, a great portrait reveals personality, is beautiful to look at, and captures an element of the human spirit. Since my first photography class, I have not been able to see the world the same. Whether I’m playing pretend with my girls, visiting a new place, or working a session, I see moments of color and composition, beautiful light and contrast, intimacy and wonder. My good fortune of living in the remarkable mountains of Telluride, and having photography to capture these moments and send them out into the world, is not lost on me. I view my images as individual canvases to showcase personalities within a natural and colorful setting. I want my final images to have the feel of a painting, almost like a photograph of a painting. Nature, and especially the mountains, is a character in many of my images, just as much as if another member of the family. I look for texture and patterns in nature and use them to tell a story about people and a time that is being celebrated and honored.
The personal connections I build throughout my process are so important leading up to our session together when you and your loved ones can have fun, relax, and just be in the moment rather than pose in it. When all is said and done and the session is over, I want my clients to walk away feeling like they just did something really fun and memorable. No child torture sessions or mom guilt allowed! So when someone back home asks what you did on your trip, you can say “we rode the gondola, hiked to Bridal Veil Falls, SUPed in the San Miguel River, and had a photo session where we discovered amazing views, laughed and played, and celebrated being together.” For eight years I taught high school English in the New York City area, working to inspire young adults to develop their own creative voices. As I furthered my photography hobby, taking classes and pursuing my own creative projects, and then started my own family, I realized how much I love to hear the stories of other families. I have such an interest in human connections and in the human experience. Perhaps this is what has led me to portrait and wedding photography. And I’m starting to learn to acknowledge that I might just have a knack. You be the judge.