Inspiration along the adoption path...

Today, I find that I am fulfilled by photography. Photography is my rest, it is how I refresh my soul. It is a way to show what I feel, and what I am.

Recently, I have found ways to use my photography to help draw public attention to some acute social problems of today. One of these recent projects is intended to highlight the issue of the many children in the foster and adoption systems and orphanages by offering Free photo shoots for children in that system. 

During these free children photo sessions, we would have fun, dress up, play, and create portraits that capture the unique style of a child we were targeting to portray. Then we would send printed photographs to their new home.

The project idea was born when I met the winner of the 2014 Best Mother contest. She was a mother of 9 adopted children and after meeting her I was inspired to action.

One of our first participants in this project was a young boy. We created his style using clothes and accessories. One of the photographs from his photo session was chosen as the album cover of the danish music band, Defecto's album "Excluded". It was so rewarding to see the delight in this child when he found out the news!

This type of interaction and meaningful connection inspires me to be involved further in this project, the creation of art and happiness for these little photo session heroes. Our ultimate goal with this photo series is to encourage families in our country to take a bold step towards the adoption of every child living in system.

Step By Step...

 

It starts with the big desire and I started from a clean slate and began by learning the basics on my own.  I am self-educated in fine art kids photography.

I found inspiration in the work of great photographers such as Sally Man, Ricard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz. In looking to always continue my education in fine art kids photography, I have attended various training courses, read educational books, used many online resources, and I am always following what is happening in today's world of children photography.

The goal any artist reaches for the hardest, is to find their own style. Using their talent to capture in their own way the child's emotions, his character and relationship to the world surrounding it. It was in searching for this goal, that I found my mentor, Bella West.  She is extremely talented, It was my honor to have her mentor me day after day and photo session after a photo session. She would always push me further, taking me firmly by the hand and leading me into the vast and infinite opportunities for expression of self and capturing the expressions of others that can only be found in the world of photography.

After close to 7 years of education and mentoring under her experienced guidance, I have developed from the promising student, into a true photographer that has not only a masterful control of her craft, but also, her own distinctive style. I joined The British Institute of Professional Photographers and was awarded a Associateship qualification with a collection of natural light portraits of children.