A wise mentor once told me, "Always have a personal project. It will help prevent burn out and keep you growing." My family life is my personal project. My loves are the reason I started taking photographs in the first place. My intention was to document every day moments that slip by all to quickly; experiences that come and go in a single year. I did two years of a 365 project before I got too concerned with technical perfection, branding and business. I realize now that, yes, sometimes I create a snapshot, but other times my well-trained eye makes art disguised in an every day moment. Also, I see my journalism background speaking through these images. This year, my word is wholeness. My intention is to embrace all of me rather than only the parts of me I "think" are worthy of public view. I'm realizing that even the parts I tend to deny show up in my work. These photos bring me so much joy. I remember the stories, the love, and the laughter behind them.
San Clemente Photographer
These are some of my favorite people on the planet. For the last two years, I've made the trip to Austin for a visit. I always bring my camera and this time I promised we would get the family portraits done.
This is a busy household: three boys with three different football practices and homework schedules. We didn't have much time but it didn't really take much. My friend Angela loves black and white portraits so I found the perfect spot in her home where we had just enough light and shadow to make these stunning photos of the boys and their sweet dog Mei Mei. Then we headed outside for a family shot. Love you Crockett Family! See you next year or hopefully sooner!
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It's to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone
True statement and becomes even more evident when she leaves for college. While I am excited for all the adventures she has ahead of her in this new experience of independence and self reliance, I want to go too.
This weekend she came home for a visit. Her first words to me coming off the train were, "Mom, I love college." I'm so happy. I just wanted to sit with her and hear about all her new friends, classes and teachers. I listened to stories from getting meals to relating to her fellow floor mates.
All weekend I wanted to make a photo that spoke to her precious presence. This one seemed fitting.