Interview on the All In with Pauline Hawkins Podcast, August 19, 2018
What do you do best and what sets you apart?
"One of my specialties is to work with solopreneurs and small businesses to tell a story, evoke a mood, and create a need. I help them build or update their personal brand and to connect more naturally and organically with their clients using eye-popping visuals.
What many people don’t realize is that your photos are telling a story about you and your business whether you intend them to or not. I help my clients figure out what that story should be (if they don’t know already), and then make sure that their pictures really capture and communicate the qualities of their company that make them successful in the first place.
When I am working with families, I am known for the candor and whimsy I am able to capture. People come to me to see themselves and their families in natural action, and they can feel the emotional difference that makes when they see the results. "
What does "success" mean to you?
"To me, success means finding yourself able to take action from a place of integrity and love. If the decisions you make are rooted in those two things, you simply can’t go wrong, and abundance of every kind will follow.
The opposite of love, contrary to what one might expect, is not hate or anger; it’s fear. So if things aren’t working out the way you had hoped in something – be it work, relationships, achieving certain goals, etc., it isn’t necessarily because you’re a bad person, or aren’t working hard enough, or don’t deserve it.
It is probably because you are afraid. 'Of what' is the inner work we all must to do for ourselves. It may be tough, but it is absolutely necessary in order to clear the way for growth."
Watching People and Telling Stories
I have been in the family and lifestyle photography business for 8 years. But I have a Ph.D. in Archaeology and worked for over twenty years in college classrooms, consulting companies and archaeological sites. In 2007 I even wrote a book on the archaeology of slavery in the north, based on my excavations outside of Boston. So I’m a scientist. But as an anthropologist, author and teacher, I also like to tell people that while I might have put down my shovel and picked up my camera, I'm doing the same thing either way - watching people and telling stories.
It's Not What You Look at that Matters, It's What You See...
I have a theory that we don’t see the people we love with our eyes as much as we do with our hearts. That’s why pictures often leave so much to be desired. A camera can capture anything you look at. But does it capture what you SEE? One of the things I’m good at is capturing people the way their friends and loved ones really see them.