Photography is Connection

'Connection' is the word that hangs in my mind like a memory. As photographers we know the word, yet for so many, lost familiarity with the meaning.

To connect with a subject I photograph I first must connect with myself. Myself.

To do so I must wade in the mire of past trauma, unhealed hurts, and all the ways I've closed up parts of myself deemed 'not enough' yet 'too much'.

Ready to make nice, I discover the girl I once knew, as myself ... who I was tricked into hating; to my own slow demise.

But no more. Now I can declare with a boldness that comes with the Spring, I love her. All of her.

As 2020 heads toward it's final months, cooling with the embers of the lessons that have made me burn + crumble, yet grow ... I come into 2021 armed with a knowledge that has always been within.

The journey begins. A new aspect of my photography. A birthing. An unraveling.

Step in front of my camera and I will show you who you are. The magic. The beauty. The one who fought so hard. This warrior-girl you are, surviving the night. Daylight is here.

Only because first I learned who I am can I give this to you.

And I will humbly teach you (those photographers who wish to learn) at my upcoming workshop in April.

There will be a live demo of one of my connection-sessions at the Dallas workshop.

Here I will demonstrate a variety of techniques I use to connect and create a safe place for a subject to unravel.

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