"I believe there is nothing more important than having a photo of yourself that you truly love."
One of the most important relationships is that that exists between the photographer and their subject. There's a sense of vulnerability that is inevitably transmitted from the two, as the subject sheds their fear and replaces it with the cloak of confidence the photographer passes to them. Even if no words are exchanged, there's transfer of feelings and emotions in both directions, which is why I believe it's so important to have a relationship where both parties feel comfortable and at-ease with each other.
That is why I consider myself a relationship-oriented photographer. No, I don't exhibit relationships in the traditional sense- I don't photograph weddings or families. But rather, I pride myself on putting my relationship with my clients first, above all. I make sure we talk, either through Skype, email, Instagram, or in-person at a coffee meeting, before I ever put you in front of my lens. I want to know you, so I can meet your photographic needs, but more than that, I want you to not only know me, but become comfortable around me. I want you to know that you are free to be yourself, in a safe space where you are loved and accepted more than you know. Whether you are gay or straight, cis or trans, black, white, brown, or anything in between, I aim to create a non-judgmental environment where you can express yourself as you truly are.
Because to me, photography is more than just an art. It's more than just a Instagram post or a blog header. It's a way to express yourself, creatively and spiritually. And, furthermore, it's a way for you to gain confidence, and build yourself up to feeling your absolute best. I believe there is nothing more important than having a photo of yourself that you truly love. The amount of confidence, growth, and self-love that can arise from having one photo of yourself that truly makes you feel like magic can be groundbreaking. And I know this to be true, because it happened to me.
For me, being in front of the camera taught me how to love myself for who I am, flaws and all. It taught me that my brown skin is a blessing, my messy hair is a gift, and that scar by my lip? It doesn't mean a thing. The more photoshoots I did, the more I learned to love myself, and transform my self-loathing attitude into one of sheer appreciation. And my biggest hope, is that I can help you to do that, too.