After attending the Indiana University summer journalism camp in high school, I knew that photography was more than just a hobby. I continually worked for 12 hours in the dark room with the exception for short breaks - and was excited to keep working and learning. I did not follow my love for photography in college, but my wandering eyes never stopped composing interesting shots wherever I walked.
After a serious accident in 2004 and significant recovery time, I realized I had a second chance to do what I love to do. In my healing, I recognized that I became defensive, guarded and insecure about my appearance because of physical scarring and the inability to do the activities I could do before. I had to heal emotional wounds and relationships, but most importantly, from that day forward, I had to accept myself for who I was that day.
Throughout this journey, I have met many men and women that have had similar experiences to mine. We all have scars; we all have stories. We all have hopes; we all want love. Being able to connect these emotions with a camera seems like a stark contrast to what real events feel like. Yet imagine what it would feel like to have one person take your photograph as you are - just you. Maybe you would be more comfortable to be your true self and show your true self. The beauty is this act of love and acceptance of yourself - the camera merely validates you.
My journey continues forward in primarily doing portraits, family shots, head shots, landscape and commercial photography. I enjoy working with individuals, children, and even pets. I travel often to Chicago, yet am mainly in the West Michigan area. If you have any questions, or would like to work with me, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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