Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?
Yes! I have loved photography since I really started to learn how to use my DSLR when our middle child was about a year old. However, I knew it was meant for me, or that there was a bigger plan for me and photography when I was sitting around the table working on a school project with my son. He asked me, “what do you want to do with your photography mommy?” I told him about how I would love to one day travel with my favorite disaster relief organization and photograph the joy they bring to people each time the respond. As I was having that conversation, an email was making its way into my inbox asking me if I wanted to travel with that organization to Haiti to help spread the word of their mission work. Um yes, I knew right then, God’s plan is far better than my own and I’ve been out to follow it ever since.
Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?
When you read questions like this, sometimes you have to sit and think for a minute as to how you’re going to answer and other times, the answer comes quickly. This one came to me instantly. My daily life is not ever boring. I have 3 kids, all of which grow and change every single day. They like something today that they didn’t like yesterday and next week they will be able to do something that they can not do right now. When trying to capture these little evolving people in a way that is truest to who they are, in their constant state of change, it is pretty hard for me to get bored.
If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?
We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?
Who in your life inspires your art the most?
What inspires you more - light or movement?
I want to say both. Can we say both? My initial reaction is light. I love how it defines shapes or evokes a mood just by the way it falls. It can make an image seem magical, alive with just color or darkness or a little bit of sparkle. But, movement is so wrapped up in light that its hard for me to really know one without the other.
Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?
Documentary is life – it is in that moment without any direction and change from what we see – no lead in moments. Lifestyle is making a pretty picture out of real life by direction, “hey family, can you go stand in that pretty light over there?”, or cleaning up of the dirty dishes before capturing the moment happening on the kitchen counter.