Relish everything that's inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness, and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.
- Anthony Hopkins
When I was eight years old I read Lois Lowry's A Summer To Die. At the time, two things became clear to me: 1) I wanted to become an oncologist and 2) I needed to learn photography. I did eventually become a doctor, but not the kind I thought I would. In my late twenties I received an MS in applied mathematics and then moved on to complete a PhD in Ecology. One post-doc and two non-sleeping children later, I work as a part-time lecturer and try to just soak up my children as much as possible while they are still little enough to want me to.
The photography? It also didn't come until much later. After years of holding it in the back of my mind, I bought my first "real" camera when my first-born turned two. I soon got lost in the world of exposure triangles and golden light. But mostly, mostly, I got lost in the joy of capturing all the tiny little pieces of my son, and three years later my daughter - the fragments of motion and emotion that make them so real and vivid and loved to me. As time went on, I found that my sphere of interest expanded. I didn't want to just capture MY children, but ALL children. And Families. And couples. I am driven by the universal. By the perfectly imperfect moments that connect us to our loved ones, but also to the past and future versions of ourselves. For me, it's not about the pretty picture, but about the story and the realness of life in all it's glorious, messy, heartbreaking, heartwarming beauty.