People usually have a lot of questions about the way I grew up.
My parents met right before my mom graduated from college. My dad was just finishing up repairs to a 64’ Thai junk sailboat. They decided to get married and sail around the Caribbean. And then two years in, I came along. They docked in Bonaire, my mom’s favorite island, and so began my childhood.
I grew up living in that sailboat and on that island. I spent my days with my pet goat Petunia and exploring the ocean. I met people from all over the world and was raised trilingual, speaking English, Dutch and Papiamentu. But the language that embedded itself the deepest into my soul was the one of adventure.
My parents gave me this gift. They created a belief in me that dreams are not distant; they are attainable. I learned how to live boldly, with reckless abandon. And this life my parents built and the marriage they sustained led me to this work. It’s showed me that pure, unadulterated love breeds a life of adventure. I get to document couples (hopefully, you!) taking the boldest step—the one that begins your greatest adventure.
I can’t describe how grateful I am to my clients for allowing me to witness such strength and commitment. I feel humbled and delighted to be trusted with these memories.
What am I up to now?
Pretty much a grown up version of the kid I always was. My sweet goat Petunia (may she rest in peace) has been replaced by my adorable puppy Huxley. We spend our days going on long walks, exploring the boroughs of New York City or hiking upstate. I live with Matt, my wonderful partner in a city apartment. We both ride motorcycles, so when it starts to feel a little cramped we like to go for a ride and get some fresh air.
I also travel as much as possible. And when I’m not, I’m planning my next trip. I just returned from a month in Ethiopia, documenting the tribes on the borders of Sudan and Kenya. My next overseas trip is in the making.
In the meantime I’ll be in Brooklyn, scouting locations to go with my clients, shooting weddings, and editing. Lots and lots of editing. I would love to take a break and meet you for coffee or a few drinks!