I make photographs. I make photographs because I love to play with light and because I wouldn't survive without photography. I make photographs so I can listen deeply and communicate honestly and imagine wildly and feel that which I cannot name. I have a special passion for portrait photography and its precious intimacy and honesty.

 

I became fascinated with photography as a child watching my father make pictures; I would carry his camera bag because I wanted to be close to the process. 

I began making images on film as an undergrad at Boston College. I processed my own negatives and made prints in the darkroom. I fell wildly in love with making images; I would go into the darkroom and completely lose track of time, emerging to find I'd been printing for up to ten hours straight.

After college, I worked in a Boston soup kitchen for several years. I spent one year in Central America, working with a study abroad program. I moved to Harrisonburg, VA (my current home) to pursue my MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University ('10). 

I am currently a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D in Depth Psychology with an emphasis on Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. For my dissertation research, I taught a gardening and food skills curriculum - modeled with a liberation and empowerment pedagogy - to previously incarcerated men. I'm also a ceramic artist and create simple, beautiful, functional pottery.

Through all these adventures, I've always kept my camera by my side, creating collaborative visual narratives to communicate the different issues and communities I work with.

 

Mark Andrew Fenton created a short-form documentary about my creative work and life. Here, I share about my struggles with depression and anxiety and how my creative life helps me navigate these.

 

I now shoot primarily digital.

My work has been shown in Boston, MA, Washington, D.C., Harrisonburg, VA, and more. It has been featured in several digital platforms. I have worked with non-profits such as New Earth, The Bold Beauty Project, and the Haley House Bakery Cafe, and businesses such as Red Wing Roots Music FestivalBella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, the Local Chop and Grill House, Blue Heron Healing Arts, Fiddlehead Woodworking, and Linny Kenney Leather.

 

Shoot me a message and let's see if we are a good fit. I am available for portrait, event, editorial, and commercial photography.

My photography style is honest, intimate, and feeling and I shoot exclusively with natural/available light; I never use a flash or light kit because these do not produce images that reflect my aesthetic.  

Communication with my clients is essential to creating meaningful and powerful work. Creating images is a collaborative process - the more you can share with me about what you want to communicate, the more likely we are to produce images that meet your hopes.

Whether photographing a portrait, event, or business editorial, my photography communicates the raw force of documentary photography/photojournalism and the emotive feeling of intimate portraiture. I believe importance and impact of visual narrative cannot be overstated - whether that be for your brand or to memorialize an event such as a wedding.

I am always seeking muses to work with, folks who want to create fine art together. If you are interested in collaborating with me as a model, please contact me.

 

Contact me for rates and let's work it out together.

Please keep in mind that you are seeking the time, skill, and work, of a creative professional. While just about anyone can press a button to take a photo, creating a powerful image that communicates a narrative requires much more than button-pressing. It requires technical skills such as understanding how to read and work with light, knowledge about camera and computer equipment, and familiarity with editing software. It requires time commitment and attention to detail. It requires social and emotional intelligence: well-developed social skills that lend themselves to a good working bond between client and photographer. Further, it requires an unnameable quality that allows the photographer to lift up the beauty, authenticity, and power of any given moment and express these through an image.