I'm both honored and humbled that you've stopped by to learn a little more about the photographer behind the lens. To be honest, my passion for photography grew out of not so pleasant circumstances while in college.

In the middle of this struggle, a family friend asked me to take their headshots. I was completely horrified and ready to bolt (on the inside) during the session. I kept thinking, "I'm not a real photographer... I have no idea what I'm doing.... I hope I can deliver at least one good image..." That was a few year ago, and to this day, those same thoughts still cross my mind with every session I shoot. Keeping with the honesty thing, I'm nervous whenever I have someone in front of my lens, even if it is a friend. It's that set of nerves that keep me constantly learning and growing.

From that first experience, I knew I wanted to capture who people really are. I wanted authenticity and rawness - including the heart smiles and vulnerability hidden in the silence. I wanted to bring out the side, that too often goes unnoticed in most people. I wanted to be able to say, "I see you, I really see you." I didn't want to be just another photographer who left the only impression of  "Say cheese!" I wanted to create portraits that stood apart from the awkward school picture day experience. I wanted more - I wanted to create and foster a relationship/ appreciation for the arts in which humans were able to stand in their truth, and love it. I wanted to build something I could holistically care about a person.

I know what you're going through. As your photographer, is it my job to set aside any my own insecurities, step onto my boldness  to allow others to be free in themselves; so they may truly shine. Through the incredible people I've photographed, they have helped me on my own journey of seeing the good in the world. We were fearfully and wonderfully made, yet we as people often forget that God has called us to think better of ourselves, to want better. As I have my own struggles, it's important to me that I am able to be there for others, even if its an ear to listen, or allowing a session to be a safe place to take a breath in life.

JFSM is more than photography - it's a Journey of  Few Short Miles in life, mindfulness, love, and discovery.


Much love!



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