I believe that

you don’t have to do anything to be worthy of being photographed.

I’ll let a few past friends from before speak on what it was like to be documented.

 
 

photography as transformational truth-telling

Together, we create an environment to honor not just who you are now, but who you are becoming.

I like to say I’m a story-listener, not just a storyteller. I create an environment where you can let yourself just exist, and have the freedom and courage back to tell your own story—free from expectation, convention, or self-doubt. I think of photography as the most beautiful practice of empathy when feeling vulnerable— empathy for those I’m shooting, and empathy you get to show yourself.

Why photography and not another way? Because you would never be able to get a glimpse of yourself (and those you love) truly alive without it. The eyebrow raises and nose scrunches that only other people see. The way both of you look at each other when you lock eyes. The way it can make a 1-second glance something to return to in the good times, and in the bad.

Because it’s easier to describe my approach to photography this way, I believe in…(in no particular order) leaving your phone at home, getting to know your neighbors, picking up new hobbies at age 65, reading in silence with a friend, adopting the grandparents at every wedding, sharing your passions without shame, skipping small talk, individuality over convention, late night pizza but smoothies the next morning, saying what you mean, having people over for dinner, playing dress up, making friends with the djembe player on the 3 train, singing the harmony, all day window shopping, trying 7 words of a language you are learning, eating cookie dough, and still eating goldfish as an adult.

 
 
 
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The people I shoot love to make the most of the little things.

 
 
 
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there will be fear. a lot of it. there will be triumph. a lot of it. there will be constellations you want to reach for but can’t put your finger on. you will trace them like the scars on your body you got from trouble and the times of your life. you will take the long way to get to these Orions. the long way will become a theme in your life, but a journey you learn to love.
— solange, from a letter to her teenage self on teenvogue
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