Engaged Jen and Tyler

It was so fun to meet Jen and Tyler at their engagement session.  It's been fun to get to know these two on the phone and via email but finally I got the real deal.  I loved how fun and supportive they are of each other and how much they value creativity.  They are getting married at Underground Elephant as well.  I'm sure their guests are going to have an epic night.

Wahoo Suzanne

Happy Valentines Lovers

We've been working on some amazing things, and I want to share them with you. 

Sometimes, in the super busy of life, I can forget that it's ok to feel really good. To stop the shoulds and focus on what is beautiful in that moment. 

We have been curating a gallery of images that are meant to slow things down and to add beauty to your every day. We will be launching a shop soon and we are stoked about it.

I hope you feel really good this Valentine's Day and do something that adds beauty to your day. Here are a few dreams that are coloring our minds lately.

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Why I Tell You Things

What if I collected images of when we were young, and now?

It’s been ten years, my love. We were young. The world was at our feet. One year, we traipsed around the globe so often, I begged you to leave me home for a trip to Australia, because I was too tired to go to the airport. Days later, we ran through the bush together, and marvelled at how wild the landscape became the second we got off the path. We were laughing, euphoric, and blissful to be in nature.

We realized, as dusk approached, that we didn’t actually know where we were. Eventually, you found our way back to the ocean while I came up with newspaper headlines about two dumb Americans who got lost on vacation one mile from civilization, and died.

The ocean was so loud and the moon lit our path. The strength of the wind made me grateful we had found our way back.

You couldn’t stop smiling, and kept hugging me so tight. We made out under the moonlight as the tide rose, and realized we were risking our lives for these salty kisses. We held hands, and continued on. It was one of the best days of my life.

We squeezed every last drop out of the day. That feeling of euphoria, gratitude, and wonder is the magic of falling in love with Mike Ofeldt. It is the grand adventure that is us.

I was at a party this weekend, and a friend of mine said he didn’t want to say how amazing his relationship with his wife is on social media. He just couldn’t see the point. It felt like bragging. What if instead, it was like shining a light on being wildly grateful, a snapshot.

Our fertility journey has taught me a lot. That life can be a mess, and there’s beauty in that too. This is our story. This is our heartbreak. There is an extraordinary beauty in telling people who you are, so they call you by your name. It’s tremendously difficult, but freeing. It helps me accept myself.

There is so much connection to the people who have read my story. I’ve shown them my heart. I’m wildly grateful for the outpouring of kindness and connection that I’ve received. For the friends that give me hope and strength to not give up.

This present moment holds an uncertain future, but ultimately some kind of knowing that we will survive it. Ten years worth of photographs of who we used to be when we were young. After awhile our memories fade, and then you might hear a song, and suddenly it’s like a movie is playing in your head. Falling in love with a man, and the whole world.     

Mike Ofeldt, you still look like a movie. You still feel like a song. Your voice is home to me. 

I love the things you do, the way you talk, the way you move. 

Let me photograph you in this light in case this is the last time. That we may be exactly as we were when we were young. You’re like a dream come true

Can I have this moment? 

I want to take this picture of you and I and Jake so later I can look back at it remembering when we were young, and scared, and planning our IVF dates. 

Wondering if there would still be eggs, wondering if we could ever finance a surrogate, wondering if we are completely insane, and preparing for the dunk tank of IVF hormones to come. 

Hoping I’ll still come back to you, to me, and still holding hands wildly grateful for each other. 

Wondering if we know anything at all other than fear and gratitude.

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We are happy to offer three photography specials as a heartfelt thank you to those who support our GoFundMe fund to add to our family. We don’t know how we are going to get there or make this happen but we are going to walk confidently in the direction of our dreams and try with everything we have.  Thank you from the bottom of our hopeful hearts. Please check back for regular updates to our progress. 

Havana : Solo exhibition at La Valencia February 15

Hello wanderers! 

I so hope I will see you the opening of my solo exhibition at La Valencia.  The work will be on view for many weeks but it would be wonderful to see your face and share some wine and cheese.  Here are the details. 

Thursday, February 15 in the evening.  Time 5-7pm
La Valencia Hotel 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
A wine and cheese reception will be held in the patio.
New limited edition work inspired by a recent trip to Havana Cuba. 
"There’s a joy in rediscovering an old friend.  I intuitively walked around the city hunting and collecting abstract patterns and motifs and small passages of time.  I love the mystery of what is behind the next corner.  I left the city transformed and my greatest is hope is that one day there will be much more of an exchange between our two countries and we will be great neighbors."

“Women in Photography; Our Visual Voice.” Group exhibition in San Diego

Hello wanderers!!

I wanted to let you know that I'm in a group show with 50 other San Diego women photographers.  I hope you can make it to our opening reception.  =)

Opening Reception for Visual Voice Photography Exhibit
Friday, February 9 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Luxe Gallery 1081 16TH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 (5th Floor)
Professional Photography has long been an industry dominated by men and we wish to show the evolution of the field and portray it’s current trends. We are celebrating women in photography by displaying beautiful samples of a variety of work in a photographic exhibit entitled, “Women in Photography; Our Visual Voice.” 

Join us for the show opening! This is a collaboration between San Diego Women in Photography, The Luxe Gallery of Photography at San Diego City College, Nelson's Photographic Supplies, and Miller's Professional Imaging. 

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You can visit the gallery anytime from 2/9/18-3/8/18. The show is an excellent kickoff to 2018's National Women's History Month (March). The theme of which is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED. 

Photo credit Maryanne McGuire my partner in crime =)