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From the moment I received my first SLR camera some twenty years ago - a 21st birthday present - it was love at first touch. To me it was, and is, an instrument of creation and inspiration, and it transformed the way in which I viewed the world. Born and raised in the midst of the natural beauty of New Zealand, I have since had the good fortune to travel extensively and to experience the wonder and beauty of varied countries and cultures.
Along the way I've discovered that a photograph is much more than a moment, an image, or an emotion. Not only can it serve to capture the true essence of a person or place, it can embody their heart and soul. When this is accomplished the photograph takes on a life of its own and triggers a deep emotional response in the viewer. As a professional photographer and an artist, it is this goal that I seek to accomplish. Each time I raise my lens I strive to capture the heart and soul of my subject.
I'm blessed to call Bend in Central Oregon my home, an area with an abundance of natural beauty and a plethora of wonderful activities. Every day I wake up grateful for where I live, what I have, and who I am. My passion for photography could not have evolved without my husband and two young children. Over the years they have offered me endless enriched moments to capture, moments that perfectly illustrate that a photograph can be so much more than just an image.
My passion in life is to search out these "soul moments" through the lens of my camera. I invite you to join me on this ever evolving and exciting journey, one that will undoubtedly provide intimate and remarkable memories captured forever for your lasting enjoyment.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A story of two special brothers...

When I am invited to photograph a family I try to meet with them before the actual photo session. I so enjoy getting a feel for each family member in the comfort of their home environment. A person's home can tell you a lot about a person and especially their personality.
During this visit it is always fun connecting with the children through playing and chatting. This is really a benefit on the day of the photo session. Kids have to be comfortable with a new person, especially one hiding their face with a big black camera, to enable them to be at ease and be themselves on the other side of my lens.
This week I finally got the pleasure of photographing a very special family. We meet 4 weeks ago and weekly we kept having to delay the photo session because of the abnormally cold weather here in Bend OR.
During my visit to their home I was instantly drawn to two little smiley boys, Boone who is almost 2 years old and Chance who is 9 months old. Their liveliness and energy was uplifting.
Boone and Chance's parents, Carolyn and Jeff shared with me their story of how they adopted Boone at birth. Finally they were parents to a beautiful boy. Their world even became more perfect when Boone's birth mother called months later to say she was pregnant and would they adopt Boone's brother. Today both boys have each other, a beautiful home environment and even more special, a Mom and Dad who are so in love with them.

The photos below are just some of what I got to capture this week at their home.

Thanks Jeff, Carolyn, Boone and Chance for showing me your beautiful souls!