Growing up, I was blessed to go to a small all girls summer camp tucked away in the mountains of Virginia. While in the hills of the Shenandoah I grew to love our camp's symbol representing the values that our summer home instilled in us; such as, be brave, speak true, be reverent, be kind, be glad you are alive. The sand-painting reminds me of a place that encouraged me to always be myself.
While attending Camp Mont Shenandoah I learned to look for the small joys of life and to not take anything for granted. At camp I found the happiness that a hug can bring, the comfort of a bed time story, the beauty of glowing lightning bugs in the hot summer and the gleam of pride in a small goal met. My inspiration for my images comes from these moments and trying to showcase the effect they can have. I love to embrace the diversity of life and the beauty of each individual no matter how big or small, young or old. Each photograph tries to embody the love of life and the joy of each minute we're blessed with.