We are all made of beauty, pain, life, death and the magical in-between. We are all so human it hurts sometimes, and other times it feels like summer awakening.

This image is why I create - to express that, to discover more about why we are alive. I made this when I was supposed to be packing for Spain. I had a great trip there these past 3 days, eating the best food in my life and meeting...
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Right before I left for a month in Thailand and India I got a call from the B&H Photo Video Pro Audio magic makers and they asked if I could be in NYC to film an interview. At the last minute we re-routed my path home so that I could have a 9 hour layover in New York City. When I arrived, jet-lagged but happy, I hopped in a taxi and went to a studio in Brooklyn where I participated in a...
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If I had to pinpoint my two greatest weaknesses, it would be the fear of letting people down and having a lot of social anxiety. That is one reason why I tend to shy away from photographing people outside of myself. For this photo shoot I decided to take the leap and push forward with a commissioned shoot that this beautiful soul, Adrienne, requested. The whole process was a reminder that you...
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I speak to so many people who feel out of place, alone, forgotten, abandoned, unloved, or misunderstood. We are taught not to be too weird, quirky or unusual for fear of making someone else uncomfortable. We are taught to blend in. What I wish was more highly praised is the search, the adventure, the chase to find where you belong rather than trying to fit into a place that could never...
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I love to share my creating process for so many reasons. It allows me to grow if I can hone my skills and understand what I'm doing that makes an image work or not. I simply don't believe in secrets and believe that an open and honest community is a loving and vibrant community. I used to be a jealous and competitive person, but I'm so glad that those days are mostly behind me. I have...
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Each year I make a "birthday" picture to signify the transition. This year though, I struggled with how to portray it. Should I go with a summary of the past year? How I'm feeling right now? Or a look into the future and what my hopes are? They all seemed so equally important at this time in my life when I am learning earnestly from my mistakes and looking to the future for my hope and...
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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
― Mary Oliver

For anyone who feels alone today, I hope you feel a spark of acceptance and understanding in this image. <3

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Today is the last day you can get the early bird pricing for the Promoting Passion Convention. Today is the day to register! PPC is a creative gathering unlike any I had ever seen, so I created it myself so that anyone and everyone could feel comfortable expressing their unique selves. I wanted to focus on passion and inspiration, the things that truly push a career and life forward. I wanted...
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The most important questions I ask myself, in my craft and in my life, regard the message I want to send more than anything else. What message do I want to put out there? Who do I want to reach? Why is it so important? What would I do to ensure it was delivered?

What would you do to create and send your message? To be certain that it would reach the right person? What I have learned over and...
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“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it.”
― Charles Bukowski

My soul burns everyday for ideas that desire life. I am reduced to ashes by my passion. I am forever seeking to be rebuilt into someone more fulfilled for having created and learned and created again. This is why I started the Promoting Passion Convention, and it is with...
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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” - Frank Herbert, Dune

I have this quote tattooed on my arm. Fear has been an...
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If you had to describe yourself in 10 words or less, what would you say?

Exceptionally shy powerful little creative soul.
So many of us here (I believe all of us) have a creative spark, whether you practice art or consider yourself an artist or not. This picture was taken one year into my photographic creative spark. Something called to me, particularly the little voice that I assume we all have that says "turn yourself into an octopus!".

Hindsight will often continually change how we see our previous efforts....
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A few years ago, my friend and I went up into the mountains to get to this river, a spot I loved for how secluded it was. I brought my 5-foot long wig and a mask and had an idea for a bit of a dark/creepy photo. We got to shooting and just a few minutes later a tour bus pulled up and about 30 people piled out... They walked right over to where we were and watched, as though we were part of a...
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Hi Doves! I've been out creating like crazy but in the meantime, I'd like to share a special project I was so honored to be involved in. B&H Photo filmed a video series called "Women of Influence" and I had the privilege of flying to New York City to record an interview with them. I don't know how my name got on *that* list, but I sure am grateful and owe lots of big hugs! Here is the trailer....
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Women of Influence Trailer

Women of Influence is an inspirational look at the talent, drive, and perseverance that forged some remarkable photographic and filmmaking careers. Ten leadi...

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With my 30th birthday coming up soon I wanted to share what has been on my mind lately...the lessons I've learned, the person I want to be, and this amazing quote by Walt Whitman:

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”

This is what I want for all of us: to be joyous in the here and now. To always be open to becoming who I feel I should be, even...
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The greatest joy an artist can have is finding oneself through creating. I think it is a privilege to dig to find what your depths have to offer. In my experience, everyone who tries will come out with a treasure. This series was my treasure from 2016. It was my joy and bliss, my failures and my successes, my willingness to change, my fear and doubt, and my pride.

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How do you flood a room? Undoubtedly there are many ways, but when your studio is on the second floor of a once-abandoned building, still partially derelict, you do not bring the water to the studio. You bring the studio to the water.

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For my final image of my Fourth Wall series, I gathered a small crew of friends and tore down my little room that I had so...
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