I'm not sure if many of you know, but I have been working with a magazine here in Colorado Springs for the past few months, well since 2017 actually. I am shooting their covers and editorial images for featured families, here in the Springs! How cool is that? I've never been much of a fan girl...really for anyone, but seeing my own work on a magazine that gets delivered to my door once a month is a pretty surreal experience.
I have two families to share with you today, as their issues have already been printed. Both families were absolutely amazing to work with and I had so much fun exploring both of their homes! The funny thing is, we shot the outdoor shots for both families at the same location, approximately one month apart - and due to the crazy weather here in Colorado Springs, the snowy one was actually later in the spring than the non-snowy one! (The weather here is legit bi-polar. It snowed on Tuesday, it was 68 degrees yesterday and now it's 45 and windy today...seriously, it's crazy!
Anywho, without further ado, I am excited to share images from both of these awesome family shoots...I bring you the Taraborellis (they own Rasta Pasta downtown...if you like Caribbean food and pasta, you should definitely check it out and tell Rebecca I sent you!) and the LaChances. (Jason is in the process of launching a new startup product...it's not on the market yet, so I can't share, but once it hits, I'll come back and send you that way!)
When I started my Scar Stories Project earlier this year, I wasn't exactly sure where it was going to take me. I knew that I wanted to help people who had experienced trauma find the beauty in their broken-ness. To be able to recognize that (for many) without the marks on their bodies, they might not even be here. To be able to share their stories of pain, fear, trials and their path to acceptance of their scars.
As the project has grown, I have had the privilege to work a heart attack survivor, a heart transplant survivor, a traumatized Mama who had everything go wrong with her pregnancy and birth but survived to love on her new baby girl, a former Special Operations military operative who couldn't even talk about half of his scars due to the stories being classified. Still on the shoot calendar, I have talked with suicide survivors, liver and kidney transplant survivors, brain cancer survivors and more...
I have partnered with Jenna Bell, heart transplant survivor, former teacher and fellow military spouse to write the stories and our plan is now for a book that should be released sometime in 2019.
The one thing that every participant has had in common is their strength, inner beauty and the ability to find the joy in their lives, however messy they are. I'm so grateful to be able to share in their stories. This little snippet is from beautiful Andrea's reveal a few weeks ago...Enjoy!
PS I'm still accepting participants, if you have survived a traumatic event and wouldn't mind bearing your scars and your story for me...please let me know! (Participate in Scar Stories)
I am exclusively an environmental family portrait artist. Currently based in Oahu, Hawaii and catering to families who truly value fine art photography for their family memories. Popular among locals, but also caters to tourists who have "vacation schedules".