Photography is a part of me.
The first camera I ever used was one of my mom's old Instamatics, and eventually my parents got me a little red Pentax point and shoot which I used for years, until they gave me my first single lens reflex camera. Photography, carving up life into what I can see through the viewfinder, is as much a part of me as any other part of my childhood - red Ohio clay, the smell of donkeys eating corn husks, Fiestaware, tomato leaves crushed on a bee sting. I love that feeling of a perfect composition captured.
When I'm looking through the lens I can clean up the world, edit all the messiness out of the frame, focus on what’s real and true. That's what makes a great composition - space and truth.
It's as much about what is not in the frame as it is about what's there. What else in life can do this, can simplify life down into what fits inside a little rectangle or square? It's the only tool I've found that creates real simplicity, that lets us push out all the mess and focus on what we want to see, on what is real and true - the hands together, the kiss, the baby's bright eye, the smile.
Whenever I'm doing something I really love, or I’m with the people I love, I want my camera there, too
. Walking on the beach, sharing a great meal, the changing of seasons. Even when they are things we've done before I want to capture them, want to try to freeze those images so I can savor the feeling a little longer.
I’m based in Asheville, North Carolina where I live with my husband, Brian
, our two kids (who seem to get cuter every day), and more pets, music, cookbooks, and craft books than I can mention here. I use my training as a photojournalist to capture candid, natural moments, with an eye for interesting and simple compositions. From photographing your first kiss to creating perfect portraits for your website to recording your growing family, I try to form a relationship with my clients that shines through in my photographs.
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in photojournalism from Ohio University. I studied abroad in the Scotland Field School for Photojournalism, featuring National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths-Belt. My love of photography started early, when I discovered my mother's 1970s Kodak Instamatic. I haven’t stopped clicking the shutter since then.Photo courtesy of Kendra Stanley-Mills