Personal Work

  • In Between Moments // A Fine Art Exhibition // Anchorage First Friday

    So back in February, I had this idea for a series I wanted to create. In a nutshell, images of children who weren’t cheesing it up for the camera. I photograph children every day, and 99% of the time, moms wants them smiling. And they want genuine laughter, happiness – goofiness – to celebrate how happy their child is! But it’s getting more and more difficult to get honest and authentic smiles these days. Even my own kids are guilty. They see the camera and their pictures faces come on. You know what I mean – you’ve all seen it, and probably done it! The fake smile.

    And I just wanted to take a break from that. I wanted to create images of kids provide a glimpse of who they are without that “smile for the camera” mask.

    And let me tell you – it was NOT easy! Kids are conditioned to smile. They do it almost reflexively when a camera pops in front of them. So it was a labor of love, for sure! I photographed 15 kids over the course of a couple of months. I’ve never been a quick project person – especially when I’m doing it on my own, and with a self-imposed deadline…

    But I finally got my act together, and the opening was amazing! I’m afraid that if you didn’t see them in person, printed on hahnemuhle rag paper, you are definitely missing some of the beauty. A HUGE shout out to my amazing lab, Pixel 2 Canvas who worked with me to make sure they printed perfectly. No easy task I might add…  If you’re into tech stuff, as me about banding, 16 bit color mode and tif files sometime and I’ll tell the story…

    So – just a few pics of the opening, I was so busy chatting with everyone that I definitely slacked on snapping pics… But I loved all the Instagram shout outs – thanks for all the love friends!



     

    As you can see – it was a great turn out – huge thanks to my amazing colleagues at the studio, Shalem & Kylie – and obviously my husband for all his assistance! And thank you to all the lovely friends that took time out of their evening to stop by and support my project. It was absolutely wonderful seeing it all come together.

     

    In 2017, it’s predicted that mobile phones alone will create over 1 trillion images.

    Today, children in America don’t know a world where their picture isn’t taken almost daily.

    We have conditioned them to smile, pose and look a certain way in order to “get the shot”, often simply for social media.

    This series explores the opposite – the in between moments. A glimpse of children not posing or smiling for the camera.

    This perspective of childhood is authentic, honest, and in our world today, frequently undocumented.

     














  • Anchorage First Friday // October 6th

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    Friday October 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

    The Studio
    245 W 5th Ave, Ste 108, Anchorage, Ak

    In 2017, it’s predicted that mobile phones alone will create over 1 trillion images. Our children have never lived in a world where their picture wasn’t taken almost daily.

    We have conditioned them to smile, pose and look a certain way in order to “get the shot”.

    This series explores the opposite – the in between moments. A glimpse of children not posing or smiling for the camera. An attempt at a different perspective of childhood.  Something authentic, honest and often, undocumented.

    Come and join us at The Studio for this First Friday art walk pop-up portrait photography show Friday October 6th. The show will only be on display during this event – so don’t miss it!

    Obviously – kids are welcome – and snacks will be provided!

     

  • Alaska Life // Anchorage to Whittier // Photograph Summer Family Memories

    This one is all about that Alaska life. I was born in Anchorage. Raised my whole life here, and before this summer I could count on one hand the number of times I had been to Whittier. On prior occasions, my draw to the town had been to explore and photograph the iconic Buckner building (which – spoiler alert – it totally gated off and inaccessible now)

    The phrase “it’s always shittier in Whittier” is a common saying around these parts, but my husband has a deep love for Whittier in winter. It’s the closest place to Anchorage to go snow machining – and the snow fall there is usually epic. There have been so many years when they are still riding the mountains there at Memorial Day.

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    So when our good friends invited us to come camp (and help work on their boat – which sustained some major water damage over the winter) we thought – sure! And thus began a truly epic summer. We have been back almost every weekend since, and have just kept our camper there all summer.

    For those of you who don’t know me well, “outdoorsy” is not a word people use to describe me. Alaska life? Just doesn’t seem like my style. Don’t get me wrong – i LOVE the scenery, and I enjoy hiking, fishing, etc – i just am not rugged. I do yoga and drink fancy cocktails, and make art people!

    And yet – here I am falling in love with this tiny little town that has zero amenities (Although there is a bomb coffee shop – so that’s definitely helped!)

    But the best part has truly been hanging out with the kids. And let’s be real here friends. It still rains in Whittier. Often. But kids just don’t care! Cover ’em up in rain gear and they’ll play for hours – riding their bikes, beach combing, making mud-pies…  As long as they can pop in and warm up every now and again – they are happy as clams.

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    And yes-  we do pop them in front of some screens every so often for a rest. Our camper has a rockin’ combo tv/vcr and we have exactly 3 VHS movies they will watch. I can seriously quote Winne the Pooh for you we’ve seen it so many times at this point… So if you guys have any good VHS tapes laying around your kids have outgrown – seriously – send them my way!!

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    But it’s been a magical summer – and when we have had sun? Oh man… it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    So who’s in Whittier? Hit me up – let’s capture some of your family memories in the most beautiful place on earth.

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  • Kids fashion (or lack thereof) // lifestyle portraits // Alaska kids life

    I’m really not sure what the appeal of nakedness is in Alaska. I mean- it’s cold here…

    But my kids are all ’bout it. Today they stripped down the minute we got home from church and insisted that it was naked (ie, just wearing underwear) bike riding time, fortunately in the house, because it was pouring down rain and about 40 degrees outside…

    And they didn’t put clothes back on until dinner time, when they were finally cold enough to allow jammies (NOT for bed mind you – just for coziness) – which I can definitely get behind because, um, I pretty much live in yoga pants on the weekend…

    But I can’t lie, I totally love seeing them running around in nothing but just in their cute little toddler character underwear. They are growing up so fast, and this little bit of wild abandon is just so beautiful.

    I hope they keep this freedom and love their bodies for a long, long time – and for sure I will be encouraging them to throw their clothes to the wind whenever they desire  – even if we have to crank up the heat. And as long as we’re not at the grocery store. Please – for the love of God, keep your pants on at the grocery store kids… Mommy does not want to get arrested…

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  • I love DADDY!

    I’m sure all moms can relate to this one, but it’s still a WTF moment. Harps was sitting on the counter while we were prepping dinner and I tried to give her a kiss. She wriggled away and started hollering “NO!” at me.

    I said something to the effect of – “what, no love for mommy?!” To which Chris responds from the dining room – “Do you love daddy Harper?!”

    Harper – quick to perceive an opportunity to weave strife into the room responds back with “YES! I love DADDY!! I have kisses for DADDY!”

    So he waltzes over, grinning like the Cheshire cat, snuggles in for a hug and a kiss and saunters back into the dining room, one hug happier.

    WTF

    Thankfully Torah is almost always ready to swoop in when Harper slights one of us to make up the difference and provide hugs and kisses above and beyond, so I got a little love from at one of my offspring, to take the edge off the sting of rejection.
    Kids are such assholes.

    Good thing they’re cute.
    I feel Taylor Swift said it best – “I knew you were trouble when you walked in…” she is. Trouble with a capitol “T”. Just like Two, with a capital “T”… coincidence? I think not…

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  • Fairy Forest Tea Party // Alaska Children’s Photography // Styled Session

    My good friend Vanessa has taught me the importance of making sh!tty first drafts. I tend to be an idea girl and not so great at the execution of my personal visions. And her point to me was simply – don’t fret about all those details – just go out and shoot and make something happen!! My forest tea party vision is a work in progress, and this revision is adorable. I first hit on this idea a year ago, when my youngest turned 1 – and really – trying to plan a styled shoot with a 1 year old is… tricky… So this year I employed the help of my fabulous friend Betsy and her daughter Addie, who is the same age as my youngest – not only to force me to make this happen, but also because she has an incredible eye for detail. Plus her daughter is freaking adorable. Trying to plan a styled shoot with 2 – 2 year olds and a 4 year old is equally tricky. But I think we pulled off some beautiful images – and the girls had a lot of fun. mostly. There were some tears, but if a 2 year old goes an hour without some tears they probably with grandparents. Just saying. Is this our final version? Probably not. I’m sure I’ll revive this again in another year – and maybe with 3 and 5 year olds we will create even more magic – but for now – I love this draft.

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    Kids have the shortest attention spans – I swear. You would think a real tea party in the forest with cupcakes and everything would hold their interest for more than 15 minutes. But it doesn’t. Plan B – tell the kids to look for fairies in the forest. That kept them for about another 5 minutes. Until they didn’t find anything and got bored. Next time, I totally stashing glitter bombs in the forest. Lessons learned…

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