Kristian of Kristian Golick Films, made me a video. I made him portraits. It was a pleasure working with a good friend, and excellent fire starter. ^_^ Portraits are my love, forever and ever and ever. Enjoy.
I had an amazing opportunity to take creative, dusky, low-key, juicy portraits for some beautiful people in honor of the first anniversary of The Co-Op Shop Philadelphia. They’re an amazing hair shop/art gallery in Chestnut Hill who embraces creativity, diversity, and autonomy of their hair artists, (who are each wonderful). Kelsey, Angel, Sean, and Brianna did the hair of each of these models, and I got to photograph them. This was such a great collaboration of artistry – hair, photography, and the expressions of these wonderful people.
Some of these photos are up on The Co-Op Shop’s wall throughout May. Go get your hair cut and check it out :)
I have been so wonderfully supported as a photographer in Pennsylvania, but it’s time to continue moving forward: I’m headed to the west coast. As explained in the video by the wonderful Kristian Golick Films, I’ll be getting my masters in Art Therapy Counseling.
I’ll be taking PA photos through July 2017, and will continue to take photos in Portland for at least the three years I’m in school, and I *cannot* wait to photograph people within the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
I don’t see photography and Art Therapy as all that different life paths for me; all of my passions are driven by compassion and creativity. I’ve known I belong as a therapist since I was 17, yet have given photography most of my time, which of course, I do not regret. Last year I began taking less photos to make room for a job as a support staff for adults with disabilities, and I have been thrilled to balance both photography and social work. I’ve joked that I’ve always wanted “two part time jobs,” or in other words, there are too many things I must pursue to ever follow one career path.
What I love is giving people the space to experience whatever it is they’re going through. Finally pursuing Art Therapy is simply the next evolution: I’ve been sharing in people’s joy and celebration, and as an Art Therapist, I’ll also be present in people’s pain. With both photography and work in human services, I have the ability to be present for both.
See you soon, Portland.
When I find my life in pieces and begin to reassemble, there is unique opportunity to pick up each fragment and keep only what I want. When we shatter, we can put ourselves back together with purpose. I’ve had the fortune of never staying in one piece for long, so what remains of me is intentional. But with every revision, there’s a period where I’m put together, but the glue is still drying. This is when I travel. The experience questions, “am I still my best self here?” and the answer is always a confident, absolute yes. A new environment gifts me the freedom to be un-apologetically myself; it solidifies the work I’ve done thus far. From the moment I step into the airport, I feel a satisfaction that is mirrored in few other places in my life. I am more receptive, and I see beauty and opportunity in everything. (Okay, that’s kind of all the time… just a little extra then). I find new places to photograph, to run, to write, and each interaction with someone feels poignant; I remember every conversation in vivid detail.
Life’s always a little poetic. Erik and I had always discussed a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. He had been to San Diego before and wanted to return (as with me and San Francisco)…but I didn’t seek out this trip here, it came to me. It ended up being beautiful, peaceful closure.
What a beautiful, natural moment. Just kidding. In reality I was directing her with awkward hand signals across the floor of a swanky bar, muttering to myself about how badly I want to photograph a wedding here.