Growing up in a small town in northwest Wisconsin was wonderful. Life was filled with four, vibrant seasons, lots of play time with friends and cherished memories from time spent with my grandparents and great-grandparents. I was raised by one helluva determined and resourceful single mom. She taught me to hold my head high with confidence no matter what life threw my way. I also learned that whatever I put my determination into and focus on was achievable.
Little did I know, my whole world would unravel my junior year of high school. I don't even know when or why it started, but I knew what I was going through was not normal. It hung over my head like a black cloud. My thoughts that the world would be better off without me were overwhelming, even though I knew that wasn't true. I wanted to crawl into the deepest hole and die, but I believed God created me for a purpose. I needed to find out what that purpose was and I wasn't ready to give up and neither was He.
One night after many months, I ended up breaking down because I had been holding everything emotionally hostage. I needed to open up, become vulnerable and let someone in. Depression. It's a hard topic for most. Telling my story used to be extremely difficult. Then I accepted that it's my story and a part of who I am. I refuse to be ashamed of who I am.
As crazy as this sounds, experiencing dark seasons of life turned into a blessing. Dealing with depression opened my eyes to a new world. A world filled with light that brought me closer to God and people from all walks of life. Depression went from being a burden to being a gift that created a deeper level of connection, empathy and compassion for others. It taught me how to value myself and those around me.
I'm sure you're wondering what my journey has to do with photography. My journey has EVERYTHING to do with photography because photography is about relationships, connection, trust and being vulnerable. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable and connected, a shift happens and relationships deepen and become stronger. There's an intimacy that comes alive. You then feel empowered to be who you truly are. Your photographs often reveal, shape and transform how you view yourself and those around you.
My camera is simply a tool to help you see your beauty. I'm motivated to create an experience for you to become vulnerable with me and me with you because that's what creates trust.
Is there a time in your life when you did not feel connected, valued, loved or listened to? I assure you that on your journey with me, you will be valued. You will be loved. You will be listened to.
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From our first meeting, we didn't have to worry about photography.
It was amazing to see all the emotion and energy that cam through in the pictures.
mother of the bride.