"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou
"Behind you, all of your memories. Before you, all of your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need."
I wholeheartedly believe in the power of Story. I would not be the photographer or the person I am today without my story. I have spent the vast majority of my life keeping my story to myself, and as the quote to the left states, their has been no greater agony. I have come to learn that stories are meant to be shared, and although my story is long enough for its own book, I want to share a glimpse of it here with you:
I have always known I was different from most people, ever since I was a little girl, but I spent the majority of my life never knowing why. Though I am a highly empathetic, visual, and observant person, the world has often been a confusing and overwhelming place for me. I have always had definite strengths in some areas, such as reading, writing, and a particular ability to pick up on details that others often miss. I have also been through and overcome many struggles and traumas (some as a result of my confusion, and others as a result of bad luck). It wasn't until recently, in late 2018 with an eye-opening diagnosis, that my lifelong struggles in some areas and strengths in others suddenly made perfect sense: I am autistic.
Discovering that I am autistic has been life changing for me. I finally know why I am different, and with this realization, I am able to accept my differences instead of being hard on myself for not being quite like everyone else.
In addition to recently discovering I am autistic, I am also half blind due to a childhood injury from a bicycle accident occurred when I was five years old. As a result of this accident, my optical nerve is completely severed. Sadly, I was not wearing a helmet, which would have saved my eyesight. I am a living example of why wearing helmets is so important.
Despite my childhood injury that leaves me permanently half blind, I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. and this injury has not stopped me from pursuing my passion for telling stories through photography. In fact, when I first became a mother in 2008, my passion for photography grew right along with my baby girl, as she was growing so quickly and I wanted to photograph her journey through the stages of babyhood, childhood, and beyond. Today, I am a mother to five children, my girl and four boys ( including a set of twin boys).
I feel extremely blessed to be able to use photography along with my own unique perspective of the world to tell the stories of both my children and other Sarasota area families. I take great joy in working with some amazing families to portray the real life moments, the love between them, what makes each family special and unique. I absolutely love what I do.