Months ago I was looking for a tiny book to fill with instagram photos of a trip to Melbourne. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted – little enough to feel true to the instagram format, and full bleed images. I had a difficult time finding exactly that anywhere, so I was happy to see viovio offered them in packs of three and thought they would be a great wee product to review for the Beyond Snapshots blog.

A fair bit of time has actually passed since doing the books, and I have heard the software has been updated since. This is great, because I found it a little bit fiddly, but not too difficult to work out. They don’t link up with instagram, so I saved all my photos to the computer and uploaded them as I would if I were making a book from regular camera photos. I just saw that they have introduced an ipad app, which would be great if you store photos on your iPad, I’d love to see an iPhone version of the app so you can pull photos straight from the camera roll.

Customer service was great, and shipping was speedy.

Here is the book next to the iPhone for a size comparison. Such a great little size

The book and cover became a bit bowed after a few flips through, but it is understandable at such a small size and doesn’t bother me too much

The cover is nice and thick and glossy, I’d love to see it in a matte finish

The inside pages are a great weight for such a small book, usually I prefer a thick page for a full size book, but the thinner weight is better for a tiny flip book format.

The printing is wonderful and true to colour. My favourite thing about the books.

The viovio mini books are only sold in packs of 3 or more, and at $59 for a 3 pack of 100 page books. I am not sure that I would purchase them at full price (this set was in exchange for the review). I’m sure there is a reason for the minimum order of 3 books, but I would be much more likely to purchase the books individually at $20 each than to have to get duplicates every time I wanted a book, which I don’t really have much need for. That said, they are a lovely little book, and I was super impressed with the printing and love having it sitting on my coffee table as a reminder of a great trip!


Meet Tricia King. She takes AWE-some photos of her life, and posts them to her super addictive blog – The Itchy Eyes. Prepare to be blown away by the way she documents life in her uniquely creative and awesomely honest way.

Where are you from?
I was born in Swindon, Wiltshire in England.  Swindon is best known for being the place where The Office was set but also heralded the band XTC.  My immediate family came to Australia when I was 6.  We left behind cousins and grandparents and uncles and brothers – and whilst one part of me wishes I could have lived the big city London life and gone to St Martins art college or the likes, the other part of me realises that if I would have stayed in England I wouldn’t have travelled the path which led me to photography and my husband (met at art college whilst both photography students) and my girls so I have to be at peace with it.

Where do you currently live?
I currently live in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia with my husband, two daughters, three cats, three chickens and a really healthy vege patch with about a thousand worms.

How long have you been shooting?
I started in early high school.  They had a darkroom tucked under a set of stairs and one of the older girls showed me how to process film and develop prints.  It was magical.  I shot for the school newspaper and did whacky arty projects for myself.  Every school project I somehow turned into an art project.  We had to do an economics project – mine had accompanying photographs.  For an English literature project I made my friends act out scenes which I photographed and submitted along with my written deconstructions.  I was in love with it and passionate from the start.  I can remember vividly that moment when I first saw a print develop in the darkroom.  It was – quite obviously – life changing.

 Are you self-taught or schooled in photography?
Self taught for about four years and then schooled.  My guidance counsellor in high school asked me what I wanted to do and I said “go to art college” he told me to drop that stupid idea right that second.  I submitted my portfolio to three colleges (two in Sydney and one in Brisbane) and got into all three.  My parents persuaded me to stay in Brisbane.  I have to admit, art college was great because I got to do what I loved all day long, but it baffled me too.  I knew what the lecturers liked and it was hard not to shoot to get good grades.  I constantly battled with myself about that.  It was a relief when it was over.  The best thing was the people I met there. There were some people who really expanded my thinking in terms of what is art.  And the art swapping – we gave each other prints all the time so I have some nice prints from some very talented artists now.

Do you photograph for a living or is this a hobby?
I spent years as an exhibiting photographer holding down a crappy day job.  One certainly doesn’t pay a rent as an exhibiting artist (only the lucky few)!  Then two or three years ago I started to pick up some editorial work – which I loved – and slowly swayed me to the idea of shoot for someone else.  From this emerged a new love of “the client” and I’ve turned this around to embrace family shoots and weddings.  I would have never have been ready to have the confidence in myself to shoot for others all those years ago – it took me a long path to hone my style and my skills to be able to meet a new client and assess their wants and needs and desires and capture that in an image.  So now I’m transitioning from being an exhibiting artist holding down a day job to being a full time portrait and wedding photographer.  I will be dropping the day job bit for good very soon.  Have you heard the Ira Glass piece about how you have to work every day at your art but it may take you years of not quite making the art you want to finally find your voice?  I think I’ve finally found my voice. (FYI watch this if you haven’t already:

What is in your camera bag?
I have a 3Annies camera bag which I stock with my Canon 5D M2 which pretty much always has my 35mm lens on it.  I have other lenses but this is the way I see.  I carry my 50mm and 28mm lens, lots of back up cards (I shoot constantly in life and work), spare batteries, my purse, my phone, my iPad, my hard copy diary (I need to write things down, I haven’t found an online to do list or calendar which works for me).  Had you have asked me six months ago I would have said film and a film camera but that hasn’t been so much the case lately.

Do you shoot digital or film or both?
I shot film exclusively for 20 something years.  Right up until last year when I started picking up more family portraits and weddings and decided I should probably explore digital.  I have my own b&w set up at home which I’ve used to varying degrees over the past five years.  I’ve had two children in the past five years and I won’t be around the chemicals when I’m pregnant – so in those times I’ve not processed at home.   I did the whole deal – bulk loaded my b&w film, processed it myself and printed it.  So it seems strange to have lost that side of my this past year but at the same time digital has pushed my boundaries further.

If both, what do you find both positive and negative about shooting in both formats?
As much as I’d like to say I’m shooting both formats I think it’s time to admit to myself I’m not.  I constantly fought myself regarding my change to digital but  I should embrace it as it has many positives and I believe its the right tool for me right now.  There are some amazing film labs these days – and more opening up which is awesome – but it wasn’t so for my last five years of shooting so I took it all on myself (processing and printing film) and I think towards the end it did become a bit hard.  I do miss using my half-frame cameras (which were the loves of my life) but I think my vision has changed.

Why do you love Digital or Film?
For me, I have become a better photographer since shooting digital because it’s been so much more accessible for me.  I know that’s not the case for everyone. Digital lends itself to clicking the shutter profusely and hoping the shot happens in front of you – which you simply cannot do with film – but because I shot film for twenty-something years I don’t do that.  I know the shot and I take it.  I’m economic.  Digital is rad if used right.  I think film is awesome to teach discipline on and everyone would benefit in their shooting to go back and learn the CRAFT of photography.  I am sad that art colleges these days no longer even have darkrooms.

How did this project come about?
I have always endlessly documented.  It’s what I do.  Where ever I go, I take my camera.  The way I now approach photography is reactive in that I respond to what is before me and capture the moment authentically but with my presence in the timing, framing, processing etc. Since having children I’ve had a focal point in my personal life to document.  When my eldest (Cody) was born I took a polaroid of her every two weeks for two years.  When my youngest (Mika) was both we started shooting a roll of 120 medium format of a head shoot of each of us so that we could see how all of us were changing over time.  Digital allowed me to move to daily life.  Film for personal use was too expensive.  So I started shooting mages every day of my girls and in 2012 I decided to start putting them on my blog.

What is it about this project that speaks personally about you?
I’ve done a lot of different projects and series over time but of course none have ever been as personal as photographing my children.  For me, it’s just critical and important.  I have no photographs of myself as a child so that alone marks its importance to me.  The very interesting thing which has arisen from this project is how memory is now preserved.  For example, my daughter vividly remembers the painting on the wall in the house where she first lived – although we moved out when she was two.  Having images refreshes her memory constantly and never allows it to forget.  Their worlds are so detailed now.

What would you want this project to say to the viewer?
That beauty and art and importance is everywhere, even in the smallest moment, so best not blink.

Are you currently shooting or planning to shoot another personal project?
I am always shooting different projects for one reason or another.  I have at least three semi-formed projects which I am working on.  I say semi-formed as I’m shooting for them but they haven’t quite reached maturation so I’m still at critical stages in their development.  I would be nothing without a zillion different projects at one (I’m one of those awful people who thrive on a chaotic stress).

If so, what is the goal you are trying to achieve from that project?
To keep moving forwards.  Walking towards the mountain and not away from it.

 How do you keep challenging yourself photographically?
By shooting all day every day.  I think the daily project is challenging – to shoot the same subject in an interesting way every single day (and after a long day its very hard to not have a “dinner shot” or a “bath shot”).  I’m also starting a blog called Hearth ( which is about how art is everywhere if you just look for it, and I’m using that as a vehicle to push myself outside my comfort zone by doing some non-traditional portraiture.  I think I push myself hard and am super critical but most of all I love what I do so I will always find ways to do it.


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Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Inspiration Jar photography challenge! The new word for this week is Past. You can photograph the literally meaning of the word or push yourself and capture what the word means to you. Most importantly, have fun!

If you are using Instagram or Twitter, make sure to tag your images using #BeyondSnapshots. You can also post this weeks photo on our Facebook wall or our Flickr group. Please make sure to tag the photo with this weeks inspirational word.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Inspiration Jar photography challenge! The new word for this week is Faceless. You can photograph the literally meaning of the word or push yourself and capture what the word means to you. Most importantly, have fun!

If you are using Instagram or Twitter, make sure to tag your images using #BeyondSnapshots. You can also post this weeks photo on our Facebook wall or our Flickr group.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Inspiration Jar photography challenge! We hope as this project evolves, more of you will participate and not be shy to share your work! The new word for this week is Sitting. You can photograph the literally meaning of the word or push yourself and capture what the word means to you. Most importantly, have fun!

If you are using Instagram or Twitter, make sure to tag your images using #BeyondSnapshots or you can post this weeks photo on our Facebook wall.


At Beyond Snapshots we recognize photography as an art form, connecting people all over the world. We also celebrate art in many forms and want to go BEYOND photography, and bring you inspiration from many different areas. ‘Discovering Art’ is what we hope will be the beginning of a new monthly feature for us. Our goal is to bring you art, not only in photography, but through other mediums.

You may recall us posting pictures of hand-painted cameras on our Facebook wall and Twitter, by Sofia Sousa, an artist we discovered on Etsy. If you have fallen in love with her creative designs, then you will also fall for her beautiful sketches and illustrations. We are excited to have Sofia be the first artist featured in this particular blog series, and we hope you are to.

To celebrate, Sofia is generously giving away one of her cameras (your choice!) to a lucky reader. To enter, please like her on Facebook and comment on the post below. We will randomly draw a person’s name to receive this awesome prize, on Wednesday, June 13th.

WANTED! If you are an artist who is creating art using photography with another medium and would like to be featured, contact us!

Sofia Sousa |

Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born in Portugal but I’m currently residing in London.

What’s your art background?
Since early I knew that my life would be surrounded by art, either by singing, drawing or dancing. I’ve always liked simple and different things and I’ve been drawing shapes with lines using black pens. I’m in love with patterns for as long as I’ve known myself and that’s where I’ve based my techniques on. Later on I graduated in Communication Design, in Porto and worked in that area for the following couple of years.

How is your art connected to photography?
Photography is another passion of mine, I love keeping memories of my “history”, and on the other hand I like to experiment and try different things.

What inspired you to create these cameras?
One day the idea of painting these underwater cameras just popped in my mind. I tried on one I had, everyone loved the result, and I began to paint and sell more and more.

What is integral to the work of an artist?
I think it’s fundamental for an artist to develop a unique style, be creative and try to surprise people.

What role, do you feel, an artist has in society?
From my point of view, the job of each artist is to make others a tiny bit happier, by expressing and sharing the beauty we see in the world and in ourselves.

What type of art do you most identify with?
Feminine, romantic and passionate patterns always touch me the deepest.

What work do you most enjoy doing?
I really love to find and be inspired by patterns I find in the environment, and then apply them into something completely unrelated. One of my favourite patterns was inspired by a bath sponge.

What is your strongest memory of your childhood?
It was definitely when I was told that my sister had been born!

What is your favorite art work?
Everything Mucha! It feels like a rebirth of life’s exotic beauty, sensuality and magic, in every drawing.

What inspirational to you?
Because is like a reborn of beautiful, exotic, sensual, and magic things in life in one drawing.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I work as a freelance Communication Designer doing corporate image, catalogues, print layouts and alike.

What food, drink, song inspires you?
A have a few bands and musicians that always inspire me, such as Muse, Lissie, Nouvelle Vague and Dido, and perhaps even more some portuguese ones, like David Fonseca, Ornatos Violeta and Rita Redshoes, which I totally recommend listening to!

What is your dream project?
My dream project is to be able to make and sell my own things, on my own shop and to inspire people with them!

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Honestly I wouldn’t like to be compared to any other artist, as we are all different and unique, but there are several artists that inspire me. Some of these are Alphonse Mucha, Niki Pilkington, Marynn, Holly Exley, Courtney Brims, Maria Herreros and Mattias Adolfsson.

Favorite or most inspirational place in the world?
My own city! Porto, Portugal!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
To be positive and believe in myself!

Professionally, what is your goal?
That my work makes someone else’s life a bit happier!


There are a lot of photography workshops out there, some good and some bad. They can be very expensive and it’s hard to decipher what is really worth the money you are spending. As we plan for our upcoming workshops in New York and Los Angeles later this summer, we always ask ourselves “Is this worth the money?” It is, it truly is.

Most importantly, we planned this workshop because there is nothing out there like this. We looked at as much as we could find on offer and saw that we still had something unique to teach. We also knew that we wanted to do it in a manner where it would be fun to learn.  No competing for shooting, gone is the feeling of  elbowing out other photographers for time to shoot and never getting one on one time to ask questions you have related to your business. We have organized this workshop so that you will receive the individual attention that you need and want while also learning how to add value to your photography business with new shooting opportunities, solid technique and a simple yet thorough workflow that quickly gets you from phone call through final presentation.

We see a change in commercial and portrait photography happening with more and more opportunities for photographers to expand their business beyond just family portraits while keeping true to their own style. We shoot editorial, blog content and fashion campaigns as well as portrait sessions and we will teach you what is required for all of them. The lines are blurring and we want to make sure that people charge what they are worth and know what is required of them.

We always operate on honesty and openness and this is no different so we must let you know that these 2012 US workshops may not happen. This is the first of what we hope to be many, and as always, you can count on us to be up front with you. In keeping with that, we must let you know that if we do not get a certain number of advance registrations in each city to cover the cost, we will unfortunately have to cancel. We are both flying from overseas (Australia/New Zealand), we need to book studio space, models, guest speakers and other amenities essential to making this workshop shine. The budget has been revised, so we can make this more economical for you (we know it is tough!) and we have lowered the price to $1400 US.

If we don’t have at least 10 people signed up in each city, by Friday, June 15th we will not be able to make the arrangements needed in each city in time and will unfortunately be cancelling those workshops for this year.

Is this workshop for me?

  • Are you a photographer wanting to learn how to shoot less and keep more every session?
  • Do you want tips on styling lifestyle shoots in client’s homes or searching for ways to make even flash look natural?
  • Need help developing your style or processing routine?
  • Do you want to learn how to make money and have fun shooting kid fashion zed-cards and headshots for child actors?
  • Ever want to shoot editorial, commercial or fashion on the side, but don’t know where to begin?
  • Already doing a bit of editorial, fashion or commercial photography and want to know the laws, licensing, day rates and even take home templates of all our paperwork?
  • Is photo-blogging a hobby that you might actually like to make some money on or at least learn how to do better?
  • Want to get some tips on quick and simple design elements for your online presence?
  • Have a list of questions that you need answered, but are finding pros are a bit too tight lipped to answer?
  • Need some honest feedback on your work in person?
  • Best of all, do you want to work with two different photographers who cover everything from Canon to Nikon, Mac to PC, Mom-blogging to weddings (heck, even iPhone V Android!) yet collaborate well together?
  • Want to ask us anything else?

How to Register

New York | July 31st & August 1st

Pay in Full | $1400
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Payment Plan | $500
Remaining balance of $900 due no later than Friday, June 29, 2012*.
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Los Angeles | August 10th & August 11th

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*All payments are non-refundable (unless the workshops do not happen then you will obviously get every penny back!) If you have to cancel, you are more than welcome to sell your seat to another individual. You will be required to organize your own transportation and accommodations, however we will be sending out information packets with local recommendations.


Meaghan Curry | Meaghan Curry Photography

Where are you from?
I was born in New York, went to school in North Carolina and New Orleans, and now live just outside of Washington, D.C.

How long have you been shooting?
My husband bought my first DSLR in 2004 as a Christmas present. I was in love right then and there.

Are you self-taught or schooled in photography?
I am largely self-taught.  Though, I have also read and read and read.  From books to blogs, I there is seemingly no end to resources available to me. Also, I have found a few amazing photographers that are willing to share their craft. Their openness has been refreshing.

Do you photograph for a living or is this a hobby?
Until recently, I was stayed safely tethered to the ground by some tugging of obligation and security to take a more conventional career path. I used to practice as an attorney and I actually liked it. On most days.

Then, my daughter was born. Having a child has caused me to reevaluate a lot about my life and how I spent my time. I realized that I needed to do what I love and not settle for something that I merely liked. I love of photography. I love capturing a quiet moment, a sweet smile, this beautiful thing that is life. It was both exciting and daunting to go about trying to live life on my own terms. After about a year of wishing and hoping, and with heaps of encouragement and support from that same family that was inspiring me to make these changes, I leapt. I am now a photographer. And, it has been incredible.

What is in your camera bag?
Canon 5d MarkII
50mm 1.4
24-70 2.8
Fuji Instax Wide

Do you shoot digital or film or both?
I shoot all digital. Although, I do have some fun with my instant camera.

How did this project come about?
My daughter is my muse.  From the day that she arrived, she has inspired me. She is cute, she is fun, and she often does things that make for some great images. So, as you can image, she is the subject in about 90% of the pictures I take.

But, sometimes, you have to stretch beyond your muse. I really wanted to take some photos that did not have a single person in them, but, I wanted to approach the pictures in a way that would help me with clients. My sessions, especially the ones with toddlers, move so quickly that it feels like I don’t get a chance to slow down and think things through. Taking pictures of a room may not sound too interesting, but it was a way to allow myself the time to breathe. To find a different angle. To explore a new perspective. To get in really close and appreciate the small details. To step back and see the big picture. Trying to find the interesting in the ordinary.

What is it about this project that speaks personally about you?
It says that I will never be done growing as a photographer. It says that there is always something new to learn and to practice. And, maybe that is why I love photography so.

What would you want this project to say to the viewer?
Honestly, I am not sure. To an outside viewer, they may just look like pictures of a room. But, for me it was a great exercise. Maybe, they will cause people to take a second look around the corners of their home.

Are you currently shooting or planning to shoot another personal project?
I am always shooting for myself. But, I would love to conceptualize a true project in the near future.

How do you keep challenging yourself photographically?
I just keep taking pictures.


Kelsey Gerhard |Kelsey Gerhard Photography

Where are you from?
I am originally from Northern Virginia (suburb of DC), but I also grew up in Incline Village, NV (Tahoe), San Diego, and Santa Barbara, CA.

Where do you currently live?
Back in Northern Virginia / DC – not far from where I was born.

How long have you been shooting?
I started taking photography classes seriously my sophmore year of high school. That was more than 20 years ago.

Are you self-taught or schooled in photography?
I guess I’m schooled in photography, although I have more of an art background. I have a BA in Art from UCSB, and an MFA in Photography from CalArts. My photography education, however, is heavily rooted in art theory, history and criticism. Less so in the technicalities of photography.

Do you photograph for a living or is this a hobby?
Both, but I have only been photographing for a living (part time) for a short while.

What is in your camera bag?
Nikon D700
50mm 1.4G
105mm 2.8G
20mm 2.8D
Lensbaby Composer pro
SB-700 speedlight
Minolta light meter
Polaroid SX-70
Hassleblad 501CM
4×5 Calumet.

Oh, and an iPhone 4S. But the Hassleblad has its own separate bag, and the 4×5 is in a huge metal case!

Do you shoot digital or film or both?
Both. But my film cameras are collecting a bit of dust lately.

If both, what do you find both positive and negative about shooting in both formats?
Each of my film cameras have such unique qualities that cannot be recreated digitally (and the larger format cameras produce incredible sharpness and detail). But film is expensive, and they are impractical for chasing fast moving children or traveling with said children! Digital gives me so much more freedom in post processing and portability, not to mention instant gratification. I am kind of obsessed with that at the moment.

Why do you love Digital or Film?
The convenience of digital is ideal for me right now and, other than being stuck in a desk chair, I really enjoy the editing process. I love being able to create more than one version of an amazing capture (which is much harder to do with film!). But I have always enjoyed manipulating images in the darkroom, or when developing negatives, too. Go figure!

How did this project come about?
When my husband (then fiance) Torrey and I were in graduate schools in separate states, I did an entire Masters thesis show based on my half of our lives apart. It mostly featured our yellow lab, Jules, and all of the things I was doing where she accompanied me. I was also living in the same town as all of his family and planning our wedding hundreds of miles away from him. I constantly photographed the daily bits of life around me in California that I didn’t want him to miss while he was studying in Oregon. While it was predominantly Jules in the photos, not me, it was still my narrative. I was documenting my version of our life apart. Today, I find that I continue that sort of documentation with my two young daughters. While they are the subjects in the photographs, I think it is really my experiences being told through them.

What is it about this project that speaks personally about you?
They are pieces of my life, and the memories I want to keep.

What would you want this project to say to the viewer?
I want the viewer to feel what it was like to be there with me at that moment. As a family, we love to explore the outdoors wherever we are and many of these photos are taken while traveling. They aren’t terribly planned, but when I capture the perfect image through my camera I know it immediately. Something special happens when the wind catches my girls’ hair in just the right way, or when the light casts a golden glow across the summery green of our back yard, and my youngest runs through it. I want to grab onto that. I want to remember what it was like to experience that with my family, and I hope that translates to the viewer as well.

Are you currently shooting or planning to shoot another personal project?
I am always shooting personal projects! I just may not know it at the time…

If so, what is the goal you are trying to achieve from that project?
I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

How do you keep challenging yourself photographically?
I love to work with equipment that has limitations. In fact, many of the images in this post were just taken with a Nikon D80 (that I no longer have) and a 50mm lens. I have created some amazing pieces of art with my iPhone! Sometimes it is also challenging just to keep getting the camera out and bringing it with you wherever you go – but the rewards are endless.


Amy Lockheart |

Where are you from?
I am from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in the very chilly northern state of Minnesota, USA.

Where do you currently live?
I currently reside just across the border in Wisconsin, in an area close to Minneapolis.

How long have you been shooting?
I have had an interest in photography from a very early age but spent my years in college and graduate school focusing on Environmental Health Science. My interest in photography was renewed after my children were born, and I longed to be able to create beautiful images of them. I bought my first DSLR in 2009 and have been shooting consistently since then.

Are you self-taught or schooled in photography?
I taught myself the basics from reading books and online tutorials, but I have taken a couple of workshops as well.

Do you photograph for a living or is this a hobby?
I do accept clients on a limited basis. My children are still young, and I want to spend as much time as possible with them while they are still home with me. I get great satisfaction from both photographing special times in other families’ lives and pursuing my own personal photography projects.

What is in your camera bag?
Nikon D90, Nikon 35 1.4G, Nikon 50 1.4G, Nikon 105 2.8 macro, Sigma 30 1.4, and a Lensbaby Composer Pro.

Do you shoot digital or film or both?
Just digital for me.

Why do you love Digital or Film?
I greatly admire film shooters and hope to someday experiment with film, but right now I am happy with the flexibility and convenience of digital.

How did this project come about?
These images are a collection of photos from daily life in our household. Everyday moments are so important to capture because they are the ones that are too often the first to be forgotten. Birthday parties, big events, and styled photo shoots are fun and challenging, but I’ve found there is nothing quite as rewarding as taking a photo of my child that truly represents who he/she is at that moment in his/her life. Those are the details I want to remember.

What is it about this project that speaks personally about you?
My son was just 1 ½ years old when my twins were born, and from that point we were in survival mode for a while; it just took so much to care for three babies in diapers while my husband worked long hours. I feel like a couple of years just passed by in a blink of an eye.

When the kids got a bit older, I had more time to devote to photography and spent every free moment learning and practicing. I have cherished these days when my kids were home with me. Now my youngest two are getting ready to start kindergarten. I want to remember and capture these days when we can be together so much.

What would you want this project to say to the viewer?
This is just real life. We have messy hair, mismatched clothes, and piles of toys laying around. But most of all, I hope the viewer can see that these images were created out of love and adoration for the subjects.

Are you currently shooting or planning to shoot another personal project?
There is another project which I chose to do all for myself and my family. I capture images of my children that are especially meaningful to me and write love letters to my children to accompany those images.

If so, what is the goal you are trying to achieve from that project?
The goal of that project is to show my children my heart, to express my love for them through imagery and the written word. I find myself telling my children I love them constantly throughout the day, and this project expresses those feelings and results in something tangible that I can print and place in a book for them. Writing the letters keeps me focused on that for which I am most grateful, and it allows me to reflect on the past, present, and future with my children and align my life goals accordingly. When my children are grown, I will be able to present the letters to them and, hopefully, they will cherish them as much as I do.

How do you keep challenging yourself photographically?
I just keep shooting, practicing, and trying new things. I look for inspiration all around me and try to shoot as much as possible. I am most creative when my heart is full of gratitude and love, so I focus on those emotions to drive my work.