Power

It doesn’t matter what people think of you – it matters what you think of you. When I photograph my clients I have them choose a word that resonates with them at that moment, one which reflects what they are experiencing deep within. This can only happen after trust is established, after they have let their guard down and realized this experinece is FOR them and ABOUT them. This is not to please anyone. Nor to prove anything. There is no right or wrong…it… Read more »

courtneys-fundraiser

Caroline contacted me in February and explained about her best friend’s critical motorcycle accident and the bake sale she was organizing at her work-Michelangelo Hair House, and asked if I would volunteer my time to photograph the weekend… and that’s how we became friends. I am amazed by both these young women. Caroline raised over $8000 at the bake sale, but more importantly the weekend was about strangers coming together as a community, to help someone they didn’t even know…. Read more »

2bepositive

Steven and I were having lunch one day when he said “If a lesson is not painful in life, do you really learn and grow from it?” 23 years ago Jill (not the real person) who was 12 yrs older than me told me I wasn’t ready for marriage as I hadn’t suffered enough, and my life was too easy. I may not have a good memory, but I remember that clearly because I remember through feelings. Surprise, confusion, sadness,… Read more »

Boundries

At some point during a photo session, I have my client write a word on a stone – “soulstones” – is what I call them. Their word absolutely depends on what has transpired during the photo session. My intention is to guide people to help themselves, to give them permission to view life a little differently, to celebrate the realities of life, break stigmas, and to be a reminder to appreciate and accept who we are and what we have… Read more »

Hold on, Pain ends -Hope

I will be adding a series of daily quotes “enCOURAGE Courtney” and I’m asking for your help. This incredibly strong, brave, inspirational young woman started rehab this week, having spent almost 4 months in ICU after a severe motorcycle accident. I don’t think any of us could begin to imagine the courage it must take to accept, heal and adjust to her new reality, without her legs. Courtney needs all the positive energy, prayer, good wishes and support to help… Read more »

scar

My scar makes me happy. That could sound strange to a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Like the stem of a flower, it keeps me grounded and growing. It represents the most challenging hurdle I’ve faced: Crohn’s Disease. I understood that even in the depths of survival, if I had a positive attitude, I could do anything. I don’t choose to attach my scar to painful memories anymore. I choose to see the scar pointing upwards, as my own personal “yad”, guiding me to… Read more »

Metamorphosis

by: Steven (age 15) No one understands. No one can help. Here I am crying in silence, lost in a world of my own creation.  I stay here all day and night, but there is no difference. Time passes indistinctly; a blur of suffering and agony.  The only emotions to be found here are anger and sadness. There is no end to my tears, I cannot break free. I have tried before, only to be rejected by this uncontrollable mind… Read more »

Spotless Future

I think we all know how difficult it is to match the way we feel about ourselves on the inside with the outside. It is easy to fix our hair and makeup, wear nice clothes, dress a certain way…but it only goes so far if you know on the inside that is not how you feel at all. My goal is to help people feel stronger, healthier, happier on the inside, to help guide others to free themselves of their limitations… Read more »

Jazz

This was written in 2008 My family rescued a dog from New Leash on Life, named Jazz. Jazz was abused and had a rough life like me. It’s like he knows exactly what I’ve gone through even though he hasn’t been here all of my life, only for a little over a year. I feel a connection with Jazz like we had the same life. When I get mad I look at him and smile. Jazz brightens up my day… Read more »

Courage

“Courage is found in unlikely places” - J.R.R. Tolkien …for a person to find positivity in difficult times… that’s true courage. Can you think of one person that you have known in your life who ALWAYS has a smile on their face? Hayley was such a person. No matter what health issues Hayley faced, I recall her all through high school and later when we reconnected as a truly inspirational, positive and appreciative person. Hayley’s brother shared this yesterday and when I… Read more »