photographing the brinton's at yeah field trip

i met the love of my life at yeah field trip.  (click on the link if you're interested in learning more or attending this year). i didn't even want to go - i was scared, more than a little broken hearted, at the time, and just wanted to stay home warm on my couch per usual. but i'd agreed to teach, so i went.  and there he was. basically a prince on a horse, except the horse was a golf cart.

our love story, though riveting in its own right, got a little less disney from there, but i've been back to field trip every year, teaching and loving him since. last year i was able to photograph one of the most stunning families, i've ever had the privilege of knowing. i was photographing them in front of a group, which means while shooting and trying to be creative, i was also trying to sound smart, be entertaining, make jokes, and act like i wasn't sweating like mad or cussing under my breath from nervousness.

i remember asking my "students," to if nothing else, spend the time attempting to see not with with their cameras but with their hearts. i felt pretty good about that.

january! - in sunny seattle

when i think of january (the person, not the month) its like january! she is an enigma, an anomaly, all of the words that mean one of the kind, all of the things that make me want to be a force in this world. i could not have enjoyed my time with her and her family more.

yetti sighting - the hamptons

what's a photography session like with me?

i hate answering that question. i hate it for the same reason i hate all labels. to label is to limit. to label is to provide a false sense of security for societal/ structural purposes.  In most cases those labels are superficial at best and completely hollow at worst for anything other than mind numbing comfort.
what is anything? 
it is what it is.
do i sound zen or just grumpy? 
i think i'm grumpy today.
the point is this: 
a session with me guarantees two things: 1. i will love you. i understand if that sounds ridiculous. maybe it is. but its one of the few things i know how to do. i will make a big open space in my heart for you, and your loved ones to be 100% yourselves. awkwardly. hilariously. joyously, sadly, without certainty---whatever you are in that moment in time, i will hold it. with humble respect. with artful adoration.  2. at the end of the experience, you will get pictures (in digital file form that were made on using medium format and 35 mm film)  of what our particular, completely unique time looked like and felt like. they are for you to keep and use how you would like. they might surprise you. they may not be what you expected. but based on what you see in my portfolio, they will be soaked with an entire range of feeling, a mutual exploration of relationship, light and story. Most strikingly,  they will feel, somehow true. 
is this lifestyle photography? documentary? photojournalism? narrative? light direction? you guys. who knows? it is what it is. over the years its evolved into feeling like a cross between hanging out with your mom if your mom was kinda klutzy cool, super laid back, always carried a camera and laughed at her own jokes.....annnnd meeting with an eccentric therapist who asks too many personal questions. sound fun yet? it also costs $1500!!!!  (man, i'm good at selling). 
so anyway, like i've been saying -- it is what it is. 
its the very best i can do.

the other side - maine

this session was a huge break through. it set the standard for how i want to shoot every session from here on out--that is, as a hang out. as a talk between friends, as a sharing session---relaxed as can be with no pressure on anyone---i'll just be holding a camera.