i turned 50 in 2018 and could not be happier. i have three children ages 8, 10 and 12 years who have taught me more about myself than 50 years of searching. they have been my best photographic subjects and invaluable to my learning. i starting writing about motherhood in 2009 and have since been published in Mutha Magazine, Scary Mommy, Ravishly, She‘Said’ and 50GS Magazine. I teach memoir writing in prison through Exchange for Change. my stories and my voice can be heard on Writing Class Radio, a podcast i co-produce.
my dad is by far the most important person in my life and has led by example how to enjoy every single moment. he always urged me to follow my dreams and believe in myself.
my desire began when i was old enough to guard the camera. i became the family photographer, and cost my dad a fortune in printing. today, we break out those photos and laugh.
my education began at the University of Georgia where i graduated with a degree in sociology and continued at the University of Miami where i earned an MBA. while attending business school in 1994, i started taking photography classes on the side. photographing children at play became my favorite hobby. quickly, the hobby developed into a passion and a business.
today, i find great pleasure in photographing my own children laughing and learning and crying and playing. they have changed my concept of what makes a great photo. i still try to keep things very simple and attempt to capture the true essence of children in the moment. and although i still begin a session with the perfect photo in mind, i also understand that perfection is rarely what children have in mind for us. my favorite shots are usually during the silliest and happiest moments of the session. i may be the one behind the camera, but they are our teachers...clearly calling the shots.