My career as a portrait photographer began in 2018 with a series dedicated to creating more visibility for queer, trans, and non-binary people of color. I offered sliding scale rates and didn't turn anyone away for lack of funds so that the focus would be on human connection more than monetary transaction. I believe in the power of portrait photography to create self- love, self- joy, and self- affirmation. I believe this joy should be accessible to everyone. 


I say all of this on my website to make it clear: my services are for women, femmes, and gender non-conforming folks. My services are for people of color. My services are for the LGBTQ+ community. My prices reflect systems of power and institutionalized oppression. Please be conscious of this when requesting a booking from me. Please think about the groups for whom professional photography services have been historically accessible and widely representative of. 

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