With all of the newborn photo sessions I have been doing lately, I realized that much of the photos you see here on the website are probably not a fair representation of what goes on behind the scenes.  It’s not uncommon to spend more time feeding the baby and changing diapers than actually taking photos.  Mom and dad are often surprised at how unusually awake and/or hungry their little one is during the shoot.  Babies will be awake when you want them to be asleep and asleep when you want them to be awake.  I’m convinced there’s some strange physical law of newborn photography when in actual fact it’s just how babies are… a little unpredictable.  But, in the end, it’s all worth it when you get that sleepy little grin or that look of baby love on my mom and dad’s faces.  It just takes a little time and patience but there’s just nothing better!

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It has been almost exactly ten years since my first trip to West Africa and it has been on my mind a lot lately.  That trip back in 2005 was truly life-changing for me and I am so grateful to have had that experience at that time in my life.  Being able to learn from other cultures and understand that there is more to life than just my own little corner of the world is something I cherish every day.  It’s something I wish more people understood and one of the main reasons I got into photography.

I am excited to share some of my favorite images from Ghana (mostly in the Cape Coast area) taken in 2005 as well as from my second trip to the region in 2008.  I hope they provide some perspective and insight into this great big world of ours.  I would love to know what you think!  Feel free to comment below.

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And now for something completely different… something personal, something that satisfies my endless desire to find and create beauty and expresses who I am as a photographer.

A couple of months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea for a photo that got me so excited I couldn’t fall back to sleep.  The idea was simply natural beauty.  Imagery that would capture natural beauty both in its simplicity and its human and earthly forms.  From there, everything fell in to place. I teamed up with hair and beauty artist Stephanie Scholz and my stunning model Autumn Kihnke and few weeks later we were driving out to Joshua Tree National Park for this shoot that makes me infinitely happy.

To me, natural beauty is somehow both momentary and timeless.  It is something that draws you in with it’s honesty and imperfection and inspires you with it’s confidence.  It is all around us.  Sometimes I forget to look for it but when I do, I never want to let it go.

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