Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
My love and heart for photography came from my grandma, her name was Grace and she was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. In a time when it wasn’t as easy for a woman to contribute outside of her home, she (as a single mother of 6) started her own business as a professional wedding photographer and ran it for over 40 years. She was passionate about what she did and genuinely loved each person she photographed. She was completely delighted in who they were and being able to capture their unique personality. The people she worked with knew it too, when you were with her you knew she wanted to be with you. She was just that kind of person.
She ignited my love of photography. Allowed me to carry bags and set lights when I was younger, eventually graduating me to learn to use her medium format Hasselblad camera (for the non-photographers this is the camera of all cameras). I learned to work on film, and although I do shoot digital now I’m very thankful that’s where I started, with my 35mm cameras in hand. I’d walk around taking pictures of anything and everything with notepad note pad where I’d write down all my settings from each frame, trying all the time to learn and grown.
As I got older, after a wedding, my grandmother would call me and as we chatted about how her wedding that weekend went she would almost always comment on how that just had to be her favorite bride of all time. I would laugh and say, “Grandma, you said that about your last bride!” And she would assure me that, no, no, THIS bride was her favorite. EVER.
She would then usually move on to commenting that I really must become friends with this beautiful woman because I “would just love her”. That is just how she viewed life and the people around her. When she was photographing you, you felt as though you were the most beautiful person in the world and her favorite she’d ever captured on film.
I think her passion and genuine love of humanity in photography was what sparked my desire to continue her journey. All these many years after Dragonfly Photography was created, lots of things have changed but that basic love for capturing humanity at its best has only grown.
Her’s is the legacy I want to continue.
I’m originally from Southern California, however, my husband and I recently relocated our family to Cleveland, Ohio. Although it requires me to travel more frequently, (Dragonfly Photography currently holds 3 non-destination locations; Southern California, South Florida and now Mid-West) it has given us the laid-back space we were hoping for as a family. We wanted 4 seasons, and room for our boys to run and explore.
I have two ridiculously handsome small-ish children who have more energy that may be humanly possible. Hense the need for the most amazing Cleveland Metropark system and a hill or two to scale. And a husband that after 17 years of marriage I’m still madly in love with and that I usually cry when I hug goodby at the airport… As cheesy as it is, of all the love stories, ours is definitely my favorite.
I can’t function without coffee or strong dark tea with cream. Please don’t ask me too, and if you add a good book we might be best friends forever.
Below you’ll find a few more random things about who I am, and the things that make me smile.
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
I’m slightly obsessed with all the delightful people who live in my home. My boys are little, but not as little as they once were. This makes me smile and cry all at the same time. Anyone else do this?? We usually spend our days with a ridiculous amount of energy (them, not me). The beach is our bestie and wrestling each other to the death (death = pinned until the conquered child announces defeat) is a daily occurrence.
I’m self admittedly one of those people that pretty much love everywhere I get to explore. Each place has some amazing characteristic to learn about and enjoy and being on an adventure is always a good thing in my book. However, my only stipulation if we’re going to move across the country is that I can only do small town rural for so long. Don’t judge. I thrive on city. Moving from LA and California, in general, I thought I was going to pass out with all the cute little country-ish space here in the Midwest until I really got to see how amazing downtown Cleveland is. It was a close call I’m telling you. 😉 Because I get to travel frequently you’ll usually find me exploring the streets of whatever city I land in, and having the best time of it.
Although you might pin this one on being one of those weird creative types, I would try and convince you otherwise. The arts of all kinds help me thrive as a person. And although you may never need to know who Edgar Degas is, or what he painted I beg you to simply go stare at one of his pieces. You never know what it might spark in your own story. I highly value both as a photographer, as well as a person, continuing to grow, explore, and learn all I can from what I’m surrounded with. Everyone has a story to share, we can learn so much if we just listen. If you need me, I’ll be crying though a Miami City Ballet performance as my sweet husband tries not to roll his eyes too much at my overly creative heart.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
~ C. S. Lewis
Making sure that I allow time and space for personal projects is extremely important to me. As a professional creative it’s really easy to spend all my time creating for other people. As fun as that sounds and absolutely is, it can lead to stuck fairly easily. A commitment to not doing the same thing over and over, to trying something new, to think outside the box makes me who I am. One of my favorite tag lines for Dragonfly Photography is; Dream Big. If I don’t allow myself time to dream, grown and create just because I don’t have my very best to bring to anyone else. This leads to crazy ideas, especially when more of my photographer friends are involved.
Seriously. It cannot be overstated the importance of this stuff in my life. Clients who appreciate the importance of coffee themselves, who hangout with me over coffee and who bring me coffee will automatically be promoted to favorite. I understand this is favoritism. I’m really ok with it. #itsthatimportant
I am in love with the the written word. I read a ton of different things. From current authors to children’s classics (Narnia anyone??) one of my favorite things is to be curled up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee or reading to my kiddos. I don’t want one of your tablets either. I need pages. I really just love everything about books. I’m pretty sure I could become a hoarder easily.