photographer | single mama | writer | queer | desert dweller | yogi | deconstructed religion + found divine love | she/her
DECONSTRUCTED + QUEER AF.
Deconstruction is the process of dismantling everything you've been handed about God, the world, and yourself. It is the excruciating, liberating process of asking questions with the willingness to be wrong. My own deconstruction started about 16 years ago when I hit ground level in my life. I couldn't keep up the suffocating expectations anymore, I couldn't reconcile to the language of christianity or the shame fueled theology that had consumed my entire life. The deeper I slipped into depression, anxiety, physical sickness, and a life I had been taught to classify as "sin" the less I wanted to take a single step forward. My own deconstruction has taken me out of the christian church and into a truer life of encountering Divine Love. Ultimately this process led me to accept my own sexuality as a queer woman and to wholeheartedly affirm my oldest son as a trans boy. You can read more about my ongoing journey on my Instagram or Facebook pages. You can also check out the podcast (The Wild Rising) I run alongside Lauren Burba, The Church Witch. If you are deconstructing your faith tradition and are looking for like minded community come join the Wild Spirituality group.
I have been a natural light photographer for over 11 years. Most of my sessions take place throughout Arizona and I am occasionally able to offer sessions in Southern California, the PNW, and all over the Southwest (follow me on Instagram or on Facebook to stay up to date on session opportunities). I believe in cultivating a free, compassionate, and wild life through storytelling, which lends itself to a unique kind of photo session. I want to provide a space where you can celebrate yourself as you are, not as you should be or as you once were. I want to invite you into self kindness, self love, and self acceptance by creating a safe atmosphere. Being in front of a camera can often feel uncomfortable initially, but we'll work together to get you through the initial awkwardness and into a fun, adventurous experience. We'll use your location of choice (urban or desert) to help craft a session that best reflects you.
Wholeness and wellness go hand in hand. I am constantly seeking balance, which often looks like green juice + donuts, plant based foods + the Beyond Burger at Carl’s Jr, yoga + Netflix, meditation + Cards Against Humanity, hiking + hot cheetos. Everything belongs. When you look through the Desert Glow portion of my site you’ll see that essential oils play a huge part in how I balance myself. I keep my house stocked with Young Living essential oils, supplements, and household products and, yes, I also happily make an income with Young Living. I did a shit ton of research because - like most people - I’ve been burned and annoyed by MLMs and wasn’t interested in being a salesy person. Ever. I tippy toed my way into Young Living, knowing I’d use the products even if I never made a check. Ultimately I chose YL for two reasons: 1) because of the high level of integrity they show towards people and the planet and 2) because they have been around for over 20 years, are committed to the Seed to Seal guarantee, and have chosen integrity over profit more times than I can count - which hasn't gotten in the way of the entire company grossing over 1 billion dollars last year. Making an income with the oils I personally am completely obsessed with is pretty damn awesome - seeing as how I’m a single income mama after 14 years of being a stay at home mom. High fives all around!