I am a very fortunate artist. I have cultivated a clientele that uses me regularly for events and styling. It makes me come alive, and I am grateful for it.
One of my FAVORITE people to photograph is a hair stylist from Utah named Tyson Daniel. Not only is he unbelievably talented but he really loves with he does. He is a master at it, and teaches it well. I learn something from him every time we are in the same room.
Last time I got to photograph his class, he spoke on this quote.
“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” ― Francis of Assisi
This. Hit. Home.
When I started to photograph people, it was kids. It makes me the happiest to just hang out with a kid and capture them, as they are. That evolved into helping those of special needs and my soul lit up. I love helping not for profit. I love seeing people cry, of pure joy when they thought they were "ugly" and I show them they are not. That is why I do this.
My superpower, is capturing what most people glaze over. Their essence. Their soul. My friend Terra calls me her "soul photographer."
I LOVE capturing moments that happen in the moment. Those are the images that people love the most and what I feel, is worthy of my heart and time. I love to create things, with my hands.
So, over the last few weeks I have been searching my soul. And, it spoke. I chose to listen, and to go back to what I love, embrace why I started this and expand on that. I want to take candid images at events, and create styled shoots with my imagination.
I want to work behind the scenes taking pictures of things others gloss over. This is what makes ME feel like an artist.
So, as of today. I will no longer be taking on clients for family photography sessions.
I will still photograph kids, in a candid "Blaire" kind of way. Gritty. Raw. Real.
I will still take on select weddings and births.
But my passion is to work solely in the artistic editorial arena. Styled with purpose. Photographing those of special needs, and their spirit. This is me. And I am finally brave enough to say it out loud.
This was never about money. For me, this is about what makes my soul sing.
This move is risky, but it is going to give me more time to hustle hard, and get me to the next level of my career.
I need to get to NYFW, and hopefully catch the artistic eye of designers, artists, celebrities and brands. This is lofty, but I can do this.
I am so humbled and grateful for this adventure, and am thankful to EACH of you who have chosen me to photograph your families.
Follow your dreams people. Full fury. I am going for it friends....Balls to the fucking walls.