ISO 2000, f/3.2, 1/800s
Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm
Title: It takes a village
This is the new mama of spontaneous triplets, nursing two of her babies while her auntie bottle feeds the third in the background. The family dog is getting used to the new crowded house.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
f/2.2, 1/450, ISO 100
Nikon D750; sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART
Title: Love is Love in the Highlands
I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Glencoe, Scotland to lead a mentoring session for three other photographers. The couple in this photo so graciously met us on this cold rainy day and braved the photoshoot in these gorgeous lace dresses while I directed them to show the other photographers how I use emotive prompts in my sessions.
ƒ/2.4 1/60s ISO160
Samsung Galaxy S10
Title: Life Lessons With Mr. Rogers
I decided to shoot a day in the life using my cell phone a couple of weeks into quarantine. I was trying to make my home a safe, calm place for my children in the midst of some pretty scary personal and global news, so I introduced them to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The way he talks about difficult situations gave all of us a sense of calm an clarity.
f/4.5, 1/60s, ISO1000
Fuji X-T20; fujifilm xc16-50mm f/3.5-f5.6 ois ii
I approached the processing of this image with color in mind. I had just watched a series that was pretty inspiring in its cinematography, and thought I would push my normal editing with some complementary colors. Deepening the actual "gray" of the building to that blue-green really made the neon sign pop, and I also loved the way the yellow lights glow against the walls of the building. It took the image from a kind of grim bar in the rain to something a little more gritty.
Title: Coney Island
The day I took this photo was an emotional day. Many years ago I spent some months in New York City, and the diverse, quirky and colorful beach of Coney Island has been an intense memory since. When I visited it again, this time with my family and a photographer friend from New York, the memories came back all of a sudden.
f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 200
Fujifilm X-T2; FUJIFILM XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR
f/2.2, 1/200, ISO 160
Nikon D850; Sigma 35mm f/ 1.4 ART
I was five days Post-Op when I awoke to the reality that my body, which had housed four pregnancies and birthed three beautiful babies, was no longer capable of creating life. Of course, I knew this reality going into surgery, and weighed it heavily in my decision to proceed. But it didn't really hit my heart until afterwards. I was wombless. I took this self portrait that evening in hopes of helping me process my grief, and to document the raw reality of the pain I was feeling- both physically and emotionally.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
f2.8, 1/200s, ISO 320
Nikon d850; Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Title: Off to the Front Lines
This is an image of my husband in our mudroom, leaving for work through the garage door. My husband is a physician at one of the large university hospitals in the city, and so is considered an essential worker. During our state's shutdown, his leaving for work every day was a huge source of anxiety for me and the kids. With Covid cases increasing and so much unknown about the future, we worried about how his day would look, when we would see him again, and if he would contract the virus at work.
f/ 2.8, 1/80, ISO 400
CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; Canon EF 24-70mm
Title: Perfect on every side
When I created this double it became very emotional for me, because it evolved into a story about her. There is a quiet battle being waged in our home. It's a battle against self-doubt, anxiety, fear of loss, a sense of not being enough or ever giving enough. As hard as it is to believe, it's this girl we're fighting it for. She is amazing. She is a lover of the down-trodden, insightful, hard-working, creative, thoughtful, generous, and an A-student to name a few. She fills are home with music and dance. When I take a photo of her it is my hope that she will someday see that all of her is beautiful and worthy. I want her to face the camera and life with every side . There is no bad side.
f/4, 1/200s, ISO 2500
CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; Canon EF 28mm f/2.8
Title: Welcome To Spa Quarantine
This is an image out of a series of self-portraits made in hopes to better cope with the effects of isolation and the uncertainty during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is with humor that I find it is so much easier to make it through rough times, even if that means pretending your bathroom is a spa or a cocktail lounge.
STORY IN STILL LIFE
ƒ/16, 1/250s, ISO 1250
Fuji X-T3; fujifilm XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Title: Kaffee and a Tart
After 2 weeks vacationing in Italy and indulging in gelato and pizza, it was a shock to pay 3 times the price for an espresso once we arrived in Switzerland.
This image reminds me of our first coffee stop and how we picked, more wisely, what and where we ate for the remainder of the trip.
f/2.5, 1/400s, ISO 3200
CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; sigma 35mm f/ 1.4 ART
Title: At Home
This photograph shows how much my daughter has grown while also showcasing a part of our farmhouse. We have lived her just over a year but have had this farm & house in our hearts for over a decade.
I have had a lot of "pinch me" moments in the past year, that we get to be the stewards of this land and 218 year old farmhouse. So this image is more to me than just my daughter in a pretty yellow dress in our bathroom. It's a realized dream in motherhood and the meaning of home.
1/500, f 2.8. ISO 640
Nikon D700 with a 24-70 2.8
Title: Always Daddy's Little Girl
This is an Indian Sikh wedding shot in Dubai where the father of the bride is blessing her daughter before giving her away (bidai). The bride and the groom had come back to the brides home after the reception for a blessings ceremony and then were heading to the groom's place. This moment is usually very emotional for the bride and her family and I wanted to make sure that I capture any moments that occur inside the car.
Iphone 12 Pro back camera
Title: Kellee and Son
"This was a virtual photoshoot in Kellee's home with the aim of getting some photographs with her sons as like many photographers she had taken thousands of pictures of other families but never had images that she deeply loved with her boys. She also was nervous to get in front of the camera herself. The virtue of a virtual shoot meant that the boys and Kellee were both much more comfortable and natural as I wasn't in the room with them. It was just a phone. This special moment was taken just as Kellee's son heard me ask him to look at the phone while Kellee was mid cuddle. I loved the connection and the way their relationship was captured in this split second.
My inspiration board for the images was very Marilyn Monroe heavy, Douglas Kirkland style but also the editorial classic and elegant style of Annie Leibovitz, especially her Kate Winslet shoot. Kellee's model looks and blonde hair immediately made me think of that nostalgic classic style and I knew the simplicity was what I wanted to emulate in my photoshoot with her and her chilren."
f/2.8 at 1/50s ISO 1600
Nikon D300, Sigma 18mm-50mm f/2.8
Title: Your Are My Soul Mate
I did not know if I would ever return to Venezuela let alone my grandparents' home. I grew up having Sunday family lunches with most of my cousins, aunts, and uncles at this house. This is the house where my dad was born and many a celebration was had. I couldn't miss the opportunity to document every bit of what gave it character. I also wanted to document little moments which reminded me of a bygone era which I knew would never return but would always live in my childhood memories. This was one of those moments. My grandparents did everything together, they worked together, they cooked together, they cleaned together, they went to the market together, they shared quiet moments like this one together, listening to the news on the radio after a long day's work. I saw their feet from the threshold and just grabbed my camera and snapped a few images right then and there.