Photographer — Seattle, SF, NYC
I am a 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. You can see my photojournalism work here: www.loomismedia.com.
But I am not just a photographer. I started a non-profit called Adopt-A-Child Photography which helps foster children get get professional profile photographs to help them get adopted. It is working. You can read about it here: Adopt-A-Child Photography (www.adoptachildphotography.org).
I am attracted to the bright side of life as well as the quiet and more intimate moments. I love making you feel beautiful when your pregnant. I love telling stories and capturing the many nuances of your 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.
Am I the right photographer for you?
Do you say “wow,” there is something special about these photographs. I hear my clients say “I felt something when I looked at your images.” My ideal client is someone who loves art, may even be a photographer themselves.
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 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 Journey to becoming a Maternity Photographer
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!
Morrison – Chief Executive Officer
Morrison is my son, born July 3, 2014. He has taught me so much about having balance in my life, and so much about being a mother and better business owner. Because I want to spend time with him, I am forced to be super productive as well as constantly be looking for ways I can use technology to buy me another hour to spend with him.
Edison – Head of Security
Edison is a two 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.