Photographer — Seattle, SF, NYC
I am a full-time photographer with a Masters in Photojournalism, a lot of classes in fine art photography, and a lot of time behind the camera telling stories from Indiana to Rwanda. I moved to Seattle in 1999 from East Africa where I was covering violent protests, HIV education, Hutu-Tutsi reintegration, maternal/child health. My new job at MSNBC.com lasted three years and then I started my own business. I photographed projects for nonprofits like Rainier Scholars and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To add extra income I started to photograph pregnant women, and then after a few of my clients talked me into photographing them and their families, I started to photograph newborns, babies, toddlers and children.
I am attracted to the bright side of life as well as the quiet and more intimate moments. I love telling stories and capturing the many nuances of a baby, toddler, child or family’s personality. Over the years I have built a great base of clients who hire me because I work well with my subjects and because I always come up with fun, creative, happy, spontaneous, energetic, and whimsical photographs that capture their relationship with their children or family.
I had a baby in July of 2014. I understand what it is like to try find balance between being a mom, a photographer, an artist, a daughter, a friend, a partner and a good citizen. I also understand how as our bodies change through pregnancy; it can be thrilling, painful, exciting, exhausting, and through it all we want to feel beautiful.
My pregnancy and family work has been featured in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. My book Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother taught me not to give up and to believe in myself. I have been called a pioneer and I am grateful for all the coverage, but what I am the most proud of is how the pregnant female form is being recognized as beautiful and is being photographed, daily around the world, and that my work recently hung in a museum of contemporary art in Italy.
My work has included being a multimedia editor at MSNBC.com, a freelance photojournalist working in East Africa for Care and the United States for the Gates Foundation, a florist, and an English teacher. Places I have called home include Kenya, Indiana, Singapore, Japan, and Virginia. I am very grateful to photographer Annie Leibovitz and her studio that recommended me to some of my first maternity clients, cultivating my desire to show this shape in photos.
I have traveled the world as a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer not to wear shoes though wore them for the 850 km (528 miles) that I walked across Spain. Learning a new language makes me feel alive because then I can connect with a new culture through a personal conversation. I have been known to be a talker, but I spend a lot of time meditating, taking long walks, or just allowing my creative brain to simmer. I love meeting new people and been told I am fun-loving. I would go insane without photography, Brian, my dog Edison, my son, Morrison, art galleries, The World Cup, my daily walks, hiking, international films, an indigo ocean with warm sand, and a good view.
While my team embraces digital photography and all its benefits, I still choose to use film, which means I have to wait to see the results, like you will have to. It is magic to look at those contact sheets for the first time. Things have happened that I couldn’t predict usually with the help of a daring 2-year old. And when I am holding a fiber print and inspecting it before it goes to the framer or shipped to you, it is alive, it vibrates, it is rich with depth and grain.
I look forward to meeting you!
Edison – Head of Security
Edison is a one year old mixed flat coat retriever. Found in Astoria, OR, and rescued from the animal shelter by Jennifer and Brian, Edison is still a rambunctious puppy, and constantly reminds Jennifer that she needs to go to the park.