In May of 2019, I attended my daughter Nadia’s awards ceremony at her school for special needs children, and as I sat amongst some of the most wonderful human beings God placed on this earth, it was immediately put on my heart that I wanted to spend time photographing people who inspire me to be better…
The children who break stigmas and show the world that there is something far, far greater about being uniquely themselves rather than trying to fit the mold society has been attempting to stuff them in- I see you, I value you, and I could never put into words how wonderful you are and how much you have impacted my life…You make me better and you’ve changed me for the better.
The parents and siblings who stand tall and fight the good fight alongside them- I’m with you, and you make me better.
My fellow mothers navigating through the rough patches of postpartum while sacrificing their livelihoods to give life to another- You encourage me to keep going… and yes, you make me better.
The women who own their bodies and love themselves, even if no one else will- I love you, too, and you also make me better.…
…These are the people who- yep, you guessed it– make me better. They pour into my life and show me that I’m not alone & that it’s okay to be honest about my struggles, too. But when I look at them, what I truly see is this: Courage.
I was reminded of a C.S. Lewis quote- “Courage, dear heart.” I have it hanging in my baby girls bedroom and see it first thing every morning when I open up her door. So I decided to be a little courageous myself and bring Dear Heart Photo Co. into the world.
My hope is to provide you with beautiful & authentic photographs to help you tell your own story. And if you’d be so kind, I’d love it if you let me be the one to show the world how incredible you truly are and allow others to see that they aren’t alone either.
Thank you in advance for trusting me with this portion of your narrative. Keep the courage, friends.
“DEAR HEART: PAY IT FORWARD” SESSIONS
MY FELLOW NHA FAMILIES- I UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTY OF KNOWING WHETHER YOU ARE HIRING A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT WILL CAPTURE YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY WITH AUTHENTICITY AND WITHOUT WAITING FOR EYE CONTACT, OVERLOADING ANYONE SENSORY-WISE, ETC. PLEASE KNOW THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THIS AS MY OWN DAUGHTER NADIA (WHO YOU’VE LIKELY MET ALREADY *WINK*) IS ON THE SPECTRUM. IF YOU WISH TO SET UP A VERY CASUAL, SHORT & SWEET PHOTO SESSION IN A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT, PLEASE CONTACT ME AS I WOULD LOVE TO GIFT THIS TO YOU. THE ONLY “PAYMENT” I ASK FOR IS THAT YOU’LL SIMPLY DO SOMETHING FOR ANOTHER PERSON TO BRIGHTEN THEIR DAY, AS WELL. LORD KNOWS YOU’VE ALREADY BRIGHTENED MINE.
(IF- and only if– YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU CAN PAY SOMETHING, I WOULD ACCEPT IT WITH GRATITUDE BECAUSE EVEN THE SMALLEST DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO HELP ME KEEP THESE SESSIONS GOING FOR YEARS TO COME.
Thank you to my wonderful paying clients that make it possible for me to provide these services. You’re doing more than you know. XO