Through my years of photographing along with experience working alongside families and multiple brides and grooms, my end goal has always remained the same. How important the capturing of a moment truly is and the realisation as to how short life is, too.
In May 2017, I experienced a terrorist attack at the end of a concert. I was 18 at the time. A young, naive, and dependent human being who truly hadn't ever pushed one's self outside of her comfort zone. I am incredibly fortunate to live with a supportive family network and with friends who will be there for me when I need them. Through the years of therapy and self development, I have realised, more than ever, how much I value photographs and how truly important images are as a memory tool and in society as a whole. When I photograph, I use it as an act of self expression, and a way to give people memories to look back on as this is what I feel is so important.
Life is such a precious thing. After experiencing what I did and realising how close I could have been to not being so lucky as to only running out of that arena with so much as mental scarring, I believe that this was when I truly realised the importance as to what I was doing as a photographer.
I feel incredibly honoured that the images I do take, are cherished and make me realise the positive impact you can have on someone by giving them precious moments to reflect upon and keep for the rest of their lives.
Even with my dreams to move into commercial photography, I believe that my experience and sense of reflection will remain with me. Photography isn't just about taking a picture with perfect lighting, focus, and placement. To me, It is the ability to be responsible for permanently capturing a visual moment, of someone's true happiness and sense of being. No-one lives forever, but the stories within a picture certainly do.