On Display | photographer in Rochester, NY

I remember sitting at our coffee shop in 2016, pondering what the year would bring. I wanted to set one photography specific intention for the year. It didn't take long for the goal to pop in my head. As an admitted magazine junkie, I declared: "I am going to get published and see my photo printed in a magazine!" Lofty goal for a new photographer, I know.

On a whim I submitted a photograph into the Click Magazine Voice Collection and surprise/shock/tears/disbelief all rolled over me when I found out I was included from over 35,000 entries. And then those emotions came back when I realized that yes, my photograph would be published along side of photographers who I admire greatly. 

 "2016 Voice Image Collection: "Welcome to our very specially issue dedicated to celebrating the third annual Voice Collection. Fourteen experts in photography and design narrowed more than 35,000 entries to a final pool of 211 inspiring and evocative images, all featured for the very first time in our pages. We hope that you enjoy this wonderful collection created by women photographers."

"2016 Voice Image Collection: "Welcome to our very specially issue dedicated to celebrating the third annual Voice Collection. Fourteen experts in photography and design narrowed more than 35,000 entries to a final pool of 211 inspiring and evocative images, all featured for the very first time in our pages. We hope that you enjoy this wonderful collection created by women photographers."

When 2017 rolled around I knew I had to set another intention, and again, what I wanted to acomplish came to me with ease... I planned to hang a body of work at a gallery show. But, in typical form, life happened. We were struggling financially and in February, after close to two years "home" with Wren, I knew it was time to get a full time job. Life got real hectic quick, with me working full-time, running a small business, photographing weddings on weekends, keeping up at our household, and oh, being a parent to a very lively toddler - so all of my personal goals, self care, and intentions went to the back burner.

In September, I found out we were unexpectedly expecting a second child, and I near lost my mind. I felt I had just come out of postpartum haze with Wren, with only one nostril above water, and the email came to my inbox...

An invitation to display work my photographs in December at Rochester Brainery, a local community classroom. At first I was like YES YES YES, but then reality set in and I knew if I added anything to my plate I was going under the water. So I sadly had to say "I'd love to, but I can't right now".

Thankfully the door remained open to be part of the next show and here we are. In 2018, fulfilling some 2017 goals. I had no idea what I was doing, hanging artwork, but I got an idea in my head that I would DIY it with $20 worth of Home Depot wood, nails, and 12 x18" prints from WHCC. I started with twenty prints of my At Home series, and I ended up hanging eight of them.  It's not perfect but it exists in real life and I am so beyond thrilled to be sharing walls with 3 other amazing artists. 

The work is on display through May, and I find it so fitting that it is out there for the world to see as I tackle birth and postpartum for a second time. It's as if it was meant to be. 

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