'This is you', said my dear friend Jessie as she texted me this photo about a month back. I am not sure another quote has ever reigned more true in my life than this, especially at a time of such change and newness.
Vulnerability, at it's best, is like standing naked in the middle of a parade. Or so it feels internally. But the best thing about said vulnerability is that the second you allow yourself to be just that, it gives others permission to do the same.
This new re-brand, site and all around shift in my photography has been a labor of love that has been a long time coming. I always joke (yet am entirely serious) when I say that I feel like I must have saved an impoverished village or pack of puppies in my past life to deserve the creative mentors that have swooped in to my life so effortlessly. Beginning first and very foremost with Kayd Roy, who is the insane talent, genius, and humility behind this site's compilation. For all of the times I questioned 'what colors represent me?!', and all other dire concerns, Kayd allowed me to take a breath, reassess and ground me, and in that my truth was able to come out. Then like a little elf, she took my thoughts that looked like a Forrest Gump ping-pong match of color and layouts, and done. Made.
Along with a vigor for creative endeavors, I can (and will) continue to turn the light to those who have influenced me along the way, as they are the vessel to any of this at the end of the day. But I will leave it at this for now. That's the beauty in creating a new space, I suppose. Whether it be a new website or home, there's time and promise of honest human interaction, delicious ambiguity and intentional change. All of those being the catalyst to why we create these types of spaces, no? So with that said, take a seat and grab a glass of your choice. Let's toast to the vulnerability that got us here in the first place, and the faith, fumes, and gracious souls that it requires to fuel the fire.