In Best of #PhotoVOGUE again this week.
I am always blown away by this acceptance because the talent on that platform is incredible. As I scroll through the portfolios I find myself asking, “how did they do it??” –meaning, lighting and the posing and the sets within the images of the other photographers. They are incredible, and I feel challenged in my artistry and technical skills. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be in a space like PhotoVOGUE that supports the growth of diverse artists across the globe. And, the photo selection process allows me to see what is and is not working in my work.
When I picked up a camera two years ago, I was at a point in my life when my internal foundation was cracking and I was forced to make a sharp pivot in who I was working with and the type of work I was doing. Until that point I had stopped creating for myself for six years.
In April of 2016, I went on a solo trip to Japan to revive my relationship with me AND to come home seeing differently. That trip changed my life. I attended a workshop run by Beth Kirby and Haruka Sakaguchi, and my interest in portrait photography was launched. (I had been painting portraits — and modeled for artists— years prior.)
So, it was in that summer of 2016 I continued taking portraits of a few friends. In 2017, I started receiving photo commissions here and there from long term friends and clients. And in 2018, there was small but very visible growth in my business as my vision, WHY and confidence in my choices gained considerable strength. I’m excited to see how 2019 develops.
In today’s digital age, so many artists put pressure on themselves to race out of the gates, to meet success early in their careers, but sometimes, the slow burn makes for better magic.
The slow burn gives us time to become the Master artist that we want to be.
I believe that the true artists will make their work no matter how their work is received. They need to make their work because it is how they breathe. I make this work because I wouldn’t be living — just existing — without it, and because it’s the way I am able to give experiences of beauty and healing to other women. ♥️