Over the years, I have loved that you have a way of bringing out the love and connection within my family that is too often buried or overshadowed. Working with you is so much more than just the “result”–or the final photograph–it is very much about the process and the magical way that you calm the buzzing in our heads; it’s like your energy is able to strip everything else away so in those moments, we are purely ourselves in connection with our loved ones.
Yet, that final photo or photos should absolutely not be discounted; when I look back at all the stages of my life that you have captured, I feel that I am looking at the truest and most complete versions of myself. And while I cannot speak for my family, I too look at their faces and see so much of who I believe them to be at their core. More so than in any other photo of myself, you seem to bring out and then capture the complexity and nuance that I feel in my soul.
All of that is your magic. And all of that is what I have treasured about visiting your studio and working with you ever since I was toddler.
What I perhaps hope for most is the opportunity to continue visiting your studio and having these experiences with you as my family evolves, changes, and hopefully someday grows.
There is something truly unique in what you are able to elicit, capture and create.
I am so grateful to you for the joy, support, healing, and opportunities for self-reflection that knowing and working with you have provided me.