This is my story. Let’s start with the basics; with film and family.
Long before I was born, my Dad gave my mom a Canon Rebel to photograph us kids as we grew. The bottom shelf of our living room bookcase is bulging with photo albums full of photos that my mom took; mostly candids of us being silly, or of us with Dad, or on birthdays and holidays.
What she didn’t expect was that those photographs would become a vital link to the past when my dad contracted cancer and died when I was just three years old. Little did my dad know, when gave to my mom that camera how it would capture the precious few years that we were able to share together. I am forever grateful for his foresight.
My first real photos were taken with a nifty film G-series canon camera with a 35mm lens. Even at that young age, I remember loving the slow, calculated decisions that film required.
As the digital age took over, I started borrowing my other sister’s Canon Powershot Elph point and shoot. Then, after my brother bought a Rebel XTI, I borrowed his as well and began to get pointers from him as he analyze my pictures and show me how to perfect my art.
When I was 15, my brother died in a drowning accident. I picked up his camera that day and it’s been a means of healing, processing and of telling my own story ever since.
In 2011, I began photographing weddings and pursuing photography as a career.
It is my firm belief that much like the tedious process of film printing in the dark room, we develop in the dark places of our stories. In my deepest places of loss; both with losing my dad and brother, I turned to art as a means of healing. I want to tell stories that matter. This passion led me to broaden my horizons beyond portrait and wedding photography to include photojournalism.
In 2016, I spent five months in Greece living on the small island of Lesvos, working on a storytelling project with refugees who were living in Camp Moria.
It was incredible to watch other people open up and tell their stories and allow me to see into their souls and begin their own process of “developing in the dark room.”
In the Fall of 2017, I attended a Photography focused DTS (Discipleship Training School) with YWAM. I was able to learn so much about how to use photography in ministry, which was a long time dream of mine.
And now? I’m moving to Australia with a two-year visa and a plan to continue to pursue God’s calling on my life; which is missions and photography.
I have a dream. To use my gifts to help others to have the same voice, through the art created right here. This is Grettagraphy.