Photographer, wife, mother, farmer in Lansing, Michigan.

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Because (Self Portrait) | September 1, 2014

Celebrating 37 years today!

Because (Self Portrait) | September 1, 2014

Celebrating 37 years today!

Madre | August 2014

Madre | August 2014

The Smell of Snow | August 2014

The Smell of Snow | August 2014

Perfect Placement | August 2014

Perfect Placement | August 2014

Amy Combs | August 2014

This is a part of The Women We Are series.

Amy Combs | August 2014

This is a part of The Women We Are series.

Last studio model shoot for The Women We Are!!!!
Show opens in only two months…

Last studio model shoot for The Women We Are!!!!
Show opens in only two months…

Apres La Luna | August 2014

Apres La Luna | August 2014

kainazamaria:

#commute #dcmetro

kainazamaria:

#commute #dcmetro

Familiar Spaces…

@ciderpressmedia said: 

How do you think about seeing familiar places? Do you get bored with your surroundings, and can you see familiar things as if seeing them with fresh eyes?

Great question, friend!

Everything changes…and I love observing my surroundings, people, community…life in general…so I enjoy most all spaces, including familiar ones.

I have to admit though, that a new and exciting place is very inspiring for me. Especially when shooting a familiar subject.

And i love adventure and travel…LOVE them.

Anniversary Antics, August 19, 2014

Anniversary Antics, August 19, 2014

Self Portrait with my Husband | August 2014
Today marks 14 years of marriage with my best friend, lover, and life partner.

Self Portrait with my Husband | August 2014

Today marks 14 years of marriage with my best friend, lover, and life partner.

The Twilight of August | August 2014

The Twilight of August | August 2014

sledmanx asked: Your images don't seem to me to be dark at all. Do you feel like they are sometimes inadequately expressed in your images? Am I hijacking your ask time? Ha.

Yes. Sometimes the images do not adequately express what I’m feeling. But I keep trying. And sometimes just the process is enough for me. I’ve enjoyed the hijacking! Great questions, Adam!!

sledmanx asked: Why do you think it's important to process emotion? What does that mean to you? How does a visual expression of that change the emotion? It seems that such expression would absolutely make you more naked than the physical nakedness from your images.

I internalize emotions, especially dark ones, unless I can find a way to express them…either through imagery or writing.  My art is a therapy of sorts. If I can’t process the emotions they become a kind of anxiety that builds and fills me. The visual expression releases the emotion (to some degree).

For many, I am sure that this form of expression would make them feel more naked than true nakedness…but for me it does not. I helps me relate to others and, sometimes, others can relate to my work and when that happens I don’t feel alone in my emotions.

sledmanx asked: How do you find the courage to express your emotions visually in such a very open way? It seems that so much of our online interactions allow others to criticize or scrutinize our expression.

My courage comes from necessity. Sharing my art is part of the processing of emotion for me. Before I had the internet to share I did so in art collectives and groups and there was a great period of time where I didn’t create the way that I do now as there was just no room for it in my life.

I have had little scrutiny expressed to me personally, but when I do I use it to progress.