Core Brand Values
For years I’ve written a deeply introspective blog documenting my quest for better spiritual and mental health. It started at a time in my life when I was in therapy as a last resort. I quietly observed (in my INFP way) that I found it rewarding and stimulating to share my burden, even though at times it was excruciatingly painful to put words to my deeds. It gave me strength to share things that people normally don’t talk about.
Carrying on my quest for vulnerability, in 2017 I started a Meetup group for new creativepreneurs to be vulnerable in a safe and judgment-free space, utilizing empathetic listening techniques.
I’m interested in the real you and I’m willing to be real in return.
I encourage my clients to open up about what matters, including of course any concerns or anxiety. I’m all ears and I won’t think things you bring to me are weird or ‘not my problem’.
All of this means I’m someone who hopefully makes you feel that you can be truly yourself, with no need to pretend. I’m interested in the real you and I’m willing to be real in return.
In 2014 I journeyed West to California for the first time. What brought me here was a curiosity to explore a part of the world I didn’t know. I wanted something different from the life I was used to in Europe – even if it was just for 90 days. I was hungry for experiences and I still am.
Travel has always been a huge part of me. ‘Why not’ was my mantra. I let my adventurous spirit guide me. I had no idea that two years later, I’d be marrying the man I met on that spontaneous 3-month trip to Oakland, California.
Every wedding is a discovery and the chance to be moved.
I’m passionately curious about people. I love nothing more than building relationships with the people I photograph. I’m always exploring and constantly evolving. I love to explore how I can give you the best value and experience possible. Every wedding is a discovery and a chance to be moved.
The love stories I have been party to have made me realize: there is no such thing as a typical love story. I’ll honor and explore what makes you unique.
My own wedding was non-traditional and pretty minimal. But it made perfect sense to us <3. I’ve never been the type to fit in partly because I’m independent-minded, sometimes stubbornly so.
I’m an advocate of starting your own traditions over following
In 2016 I finally had my visa to enter the US and marry my man! My visa luckily arrived two days before my flight. I had two suitcases containing my worldly possessions. Two days after arriving, we got married with 6 family members present. I wore the one dress I had. It was black and more than 10 years old. A 5 minute ceremony later we were married. It was so us.
I understand that each non-traditional wedding is different from the next. Very different. I won’t come along with any preconceived ideas of what a wedding ‘should’ be. Individuality is my cup of tea. I’m an advocate of starting your own traditions over following.
Capturing emotional stories
The story takes us back to my time as an art student in London…
I produced a monthly photocopied zine. I interviewed and photographed 10 diverse individuals each issue. One side of the page would feature a mugshot-type portrait. On the facing page there’d be a partial transcript of our recorded interview, except with the interviewer edited out.
This personal project is how I see my role as a photographer now. I bring your story to light in a unique way and I’m not in it. You must feel like you – gentle direction but no awkward posing! I want for you as a couple and as two beautiful individuals, to shine.
I make your inner feelings visible.
I bring the best out of you by giving you the space to be truly yourself. Just like that project involved conducting long interviews with participants, I spend time getting to know you. The more comfortable we are around each other, the better the pictures will be. I build trust so candid emotions can be portrayed. I make your inner feelings visible. I tell emotional stories through my lens.