My Dad gave me a camera when I was two years old. I can’t remember this, but Dad gets a kick out of retelling the story of how I carried it everywhere and took photos of everything. But he never put film in the camera! I was not deterred. I’ve felt compelled my entire life to “frame” the things and the people I see.
The type of photography I love is a little offbeat. I strive to take stunning portraits in rural settings, not in a studio with “rural” backdrops. I live on a horse farm in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. My farm and the surrounding area offer a plethora of opportunity for individuals who want a photographer who takes the time and effort to achieve magazine quality portraits outside of the studio. Please look at the link about my horses. They love the attention of a photo shoot, especially my husband’s large Friesian, Eskan. I also welcome you to bring your own pets and include them in your session.
My greatest joy in portrait photography is capturing the soul, the essence, of each individual I photograph. I take the time to study facial features, angles, body habitus, and to capture those fleeting moments when the eyes mirror the soul. I particularly love very close-up face shots, especially of children and the elderly. I strive to use lighting and technique that requires little “photo-shopping.” I especially enjoy creating stunning black and white photos of the elderly.
I get all excited about old dilapidated buildings and houses, bridges, farm equipment, hay bales, local crystal clear springs, the beach, and such as backdrops for my portraits. I am limited only by your imagination. I enjoy individual or couple portraits, senior portraits, prom portraits, engagement photos, and lingerie sessions on the privacy of the farm property with or without horses.
On a personal note, I was attacked by a shark in 2002. You can read about this in a book review in the July/August 2012 issue of MORE Magazine, http://www.more.com/secrets-of-the-super-resilient. The book, Surviving Survival, by best-selling author Laurence Gonzales, is available for pre-order and will be out in September 2012. In addition to extensive scarring of the entire right side of my body, my right hand remains paralyzed. I learned many first-hand lessons through this experience, but the most important one relating to photography is that no matter how maimed or scarred or handicapped a person is, and perhaps because of physical imperfections, it is still possible to capture raw and exquisite beauty, because beauty really does radiate from the inside. I love opportunities to photograph children with Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy or autism, and I will take whatever time is necessary to achieve stunning portraits. These children especially show their inner light and joy when they are permitted to interact with horses.
Most of all, I love to see the look on people’s faces when they see themselves as I see them through my lens. My goal is to achieve exactly what each individual wants and expects, and I will go to great lengths to accomplish that.