I was born in a valley in Southern Oregon and became instantly dependent on the infinite surrounding mountains as a source of inspiration. I am a photographer based in the heart of Oregon -- Bend, Oregon.
I photograph weddings and portrait sessions all over the world. Though, I frequently visit and photograph in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego & Santa Barbara Counties, Northern Arizona, and Colorado. I have the heart of a vagabond and the wildest, vivid imagination. If you trust me with creating your images, you won't regret it.
We'll make magic. I promise.
Clouds slowly lifting. Relief. A spark of joy. A heap of inspiration. Fresh air. Meaningful conversations. Kind words. Listening. Cross examining the witnesses. Warm hugs. Lots of warm hugs.
We get by with a little help from our friends. I am the luckiest.
Thank you so much for being in my life.
Cultural participation and adherence grants immortality -- variations of eternal life: legacies left behind, bringing more children into the world (genetic), social and religious confirmation of our stubbornly staid worldviews (institutional), and distraction from the awareness of our impending (and all too often untimely) death.
"The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. There was never a time when you and I and all the kings gathered here have not existed and nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist."
We fear and avoid what is unfamiliar and attend only to what confirms our beliefs. Participating in culture boosts self-esteem and makes us feel like we are doing Good in the world. And Goodness, we feel, results in positive personal outcomes (like eternal life).
Transcendence from this cycle is available to those who are open to outside experience, seemingly conflicting cultural practices, ethnic equanimity, crossing institutional borders, acceptance of those who are unlike us -- this is how to look death straight in its face, unafraid.
Is this not true love? True Good?
What do you think?