This is my niece Sandra.  These portraits were taken in 2006 on a relatively happy + celebratory day, when she was in remission from a long and difficult journey with cancer.  Now that she has passed away, I am more grateful than ever that I took these intimate and real photos.  I stare at them and see how courageous and beautiful she was, and I remember how much we laughed together, and how much she trusted me at such a vulnerable time.  Our love is in these moments.

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Those images are an illustration of why I have been a Documentographer for the last 10 years.  I believe that photos are important, because life is important.  And it is fleeting.  And even though we can't hold onto it, we can hold onto milliseconds of it. And oftentimes, pictures are all we have to grasp onto it with.  Capturing images that will hold the stand of time, that will share your true essence from a moment's glance, and that will be cherished as life moves along, is one of the most important things to me.

I'm extremely grateful for the wonderful families + couples that have let me into their homes or wedding celebrations, and never forget the people who let their stories be told through my photos of humanitarian projects or documentaries.  Through these special opportunities, I have travelled to Israel, India, Africa across North America + the Caribbean.  My work has been both featured in International magazines and blogs, and I have been lucky enough to be the photographer for book and magazine covers.  It is a great fortune for me to do this job.

Contact me if you want your family captured in a moment of time, if you need portraits for a business you are passionate about, if you are marrying your beloved and you want your love and loved ones documented, or any other reason you think is important (which might be no reason at all!). I am here, I am willing to go anywhere, and I am ready to tell your story.

I can't wait to hear from you!

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