I enjoyed meeting Joy and getting to know her heart for inviting others to connect with one another and themselves in deeper ways.
Lately I’ve been trying to stay afloat.
It’s a good thing, to be busy with work in this business…but it’s challenging to try and catch up from a whirlwind of travel, weddings, other shoots.
I finally took a little time to explore and chase the changing Colorado leaves with a friend the other day. It was beautiful and good for my soul.
I would like to start featuring interviews on my blog once in awhile to accompany portraits of some people I have the privilege of meeting. There’s so many interesting and wonderful people in the world- and what a great opportunity I have to share some of their thoughts alongside of images of them!
To start it all off, I’d like to introduce you to Erica Viggiano! I recently met Erica after a few e-mail conversations I had started with her. I found her via google while I was searching for someone offering yoga for healing in Colorado. She is a social worker and has been incorporating yoga as a form of therapy for trauma for a few years now. I was impressed with her work and was very interested to learn more about what she does and how it works! (I’m a recent social work grad and also a recent grad of cambio yoga’s teacher training program) so Erica was someone I really wanted to meet!
We had a delicious lunch and talked long after we had finished our meal. Then we ventured to this gorgeous Denver park and took some photos of Erica for her website, and some just for fun!
Q + A
What is your favorite thing about yoga?
My favorite thing about yoga is that it makes me feel alive and connected not only to myself but the world around me. I also love the fact that the true practice of yoga is available and accessible to all human beings- all you need is your breath !
All of these women are so lovely and unique!
I really enjoyed our Beauty of a Woman event that Karen (of Elan Photographie) and I put on a few weeks back.
I’m so grateful to these ladies who came and let their light shine for us.
Lauren is a personal trainer (can you tell!?) and is beginning a great company called Thrive, providing healthy and yummy foods for individuals, families, businesses and more.
I hope to pass on her website once she has it up and running!
Marcie is sweet girl with a cool style and has a huge heart for animals.
She is a photographer, too, and a member of HeART’s Speak: “Working to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.”
We also got some pictures with her dog, Maggie.
This was the first time I met Amber- we have a mutual friend who sent her our way for the photo shoot.
She is super sweet and is expecting her first baby…who is already destined to be a Redsox fan!
I had the privilege of meeting Kara when I photographed her and her awesome kids awhile back- so much fun!
She is a social worker (like me!) so kind-of a kindred spirit – and she is such a natural beauty!
Ally is a dear friend of mine. Our husbands know one another from years ago when they worked together at Lake Champion, a young life camp in New York (where our husbands are from).
The funny thing is, Ally and I grew up just a few miles away from eachother and didn’t meet until we were all here in Colorado.
They have two great kids (see below) and are about to have #3!
I had the honor of joining her and her husband on a yoga retreat to Ojo Caliente last fall- it was wonderful!
Can you tell Kari has some spunk!? Love these pictures…
We may do more events like this if there is enough interest…so don’t be shy if you want pictures!
I read something so simple, yet so profound (for me, anyway) today. Henri Nouwen is one of my favorite writers and I won’t summarize because I won’t do a better job than he did.
“Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now. We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!”
-by Henri Nouwen, ‘Bread for the Journey’
So what does this have to do with photography!?
Well, the more I read and learn about having my own business, the more I’m realizing the importance of staying true to who I AM. The business will not be anything special if I do not make it unique to who I am as a person. Photography as a business, (or for many-me included, as a lifestyle) is more than just making money. It is more than providing a product. It is about providing an experience.
To me, it’s about cultivating relationships, and capturing moments that reflect the true heart of a moment, or a person. I love it so much when I meet someone for the first time in person (like Heather, pictured above), and after just a little time, I have the honor to glimpse into who they are- the honest, real, beautiful person they are, and capture it with my camera. If I’m not able to be my true self when working with people, then how will they? And to me, what makes an image so beautiful, is when the person on the other side of my lens is able to be comfortable and real- as authentic as possible- which is where the true beauty lies.
This is what I love about photography- and why I am so exciting to be walking into this adventure of pursing it as a business and a lifestyle.
Thank you Heather, and thank you to the many other beautiful people I’ve had the privilege to photograph so far.
It truly brings joy to my heart.
Daniel and Sarah Byrd are two of the most wonderful and caring people you could meet.
I had the privilege of taking a trip to Ethiopia last year with Children’s HopeChest and Sarah was one of the team leaders.
Less than nine months ago they found out they were pregnant.
Then, they found out they were having TWINS! Two little “Byrdies”.
This post is a little over-due because their boys have been home with them for awhile, but I still wanted to share a little!
a little secret…i got my business cards printed at moo.com.
i love them! the quality is great and people really enjoy them because
they’re different…they’re small and they stand out against other cards.
this is also a great idea for senior pictures!
if you know anyone looking for affordable and authentic senior portraits,
please send them my way!
Our trip to Honduras can not be summed up in words…
thoughts can not do my heart justice. photographs may help, a little.
What we experienced is something that will hopefully stay with us, change
us, and make us better people who see the world with new eyes.
“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.”
the beauty and the joy of the people brought light to those ten days. i do not want to forget this time. i'm grateful for the privilege i had of being in this place.