When I was a little girl, my father gave me a Nikon F2 that he bought in Tokyo in the 50's. He told me stories of wanderlust, and showed me the world through fleeting moments on Kodachrome. I was hooked!
My working style is a mix of candid shots, portraits and details to translate the flow and feel a moment, an environment, a story, a family, a struggle, a quiet happiness, a single moment. I do not stage photos, nor photograph babies in baskets, nor use Photoshop to clean up what is real. I strive to capture images of people creating shared space together, real laughter, mothers nursing, children being children pausing play to catch a breath, friends sharing a joke, time standing still for ceremony.
I capture the everyday and the celebrated, and enjoy stepping into someone else's life for an hour. Documentary photography necessitates an intimacy working with clients to capture very personal moments. I love building on those relationships over the years and understand the trust that is put into such a personal investment. I love to follow families from weddings through pregnancy, birth and onward and cover a select handful of life celebrations each year, offering the personal service expected of a boutique vendor - including bespoke heirloom art pieces. Knowledge of the craft enables me to offer beautiful, timeless custom fine art prints, handmade books, and other photography products with consistent style and quality.
With 15 years of professional experience working as a documentary photographer and photo editor, I have provided leading international health and development organizations advocacy-focused images and work with clients to shape communications material into products that increase the impact and visibility of their programs. This includes photography, design, editing and production services for online content, Annual Reports, fundraising campaigns, and "voices from the field". I have organized and led community-based photography workshops for UNICEF with at-risk youth in Africa and am developing an elementary school photo workshop program for Baltimore City Public Schools. Since earning my Masters Degree in International Relations in 2006, I have worked as a program manager for public health communications programs supported by USAID, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other leading donors and have specific expertise in use of and partnerships for applied technologies for frontline community health in low- and middle-income countries.
After 10 years in NYC then time bouncing around in West Africa, East Africa, Latin America, and Asia - I am based in Baltimore and smitten by Charm City.
(Portrait of my father in fabric he designed for The Good Zoo in Wheeling, WV.)