There will always be a plethora of things that I doubt about myself but there is one thing that will never make it into that category because I know it to be true– I am a great story teller. Be it with the written or spoken word or with photographs, it is my strength and my gift. I have been doing it for as long as I can remember and I don’t believe I’ll ever stop. When I entered my 20’s I was introduced to photography as a new way to tell the stories that I had in my head and over the past few years it has become my favored medium. I’ve played with many different things through personal experimentation and school assignments but I’ve always lingered on the edge of darkness. Hell, sometimes I’ve jumped right over the edge– I’ve created murder scenes, a series of mug shots & relating crimes, fears.. my first solo exhibition involved the dark secrets kept behind closed doors (well, windows) and included domestic abuse, stalking, substance abuse and much more.
But as interesting as drama and conflict are, they aren’t all I’ve had inside. I just haven’t been comfortable sharing the happy, fun side of myself through my photos until now.
Yesterday I had to shoot with my brother’s beautiful girlfriend, Stephanie. She is not a model- she is in fact a lawyer- but you would never be able to tell that from these images. She’s great to work with and we had a ton of fun with a few simple props that helped us forget about the fact that it was 93 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside while we were shooting. I’ll share more later but this little series within a series is too fun to wait.