Austin first came in for photos in 1994. Emma first came in 1999 when she was three.
When the two of them walked through the doors of my studio the other day, Austin, twenty one and a graduate from Johnson and Wales Cooking School and Emma, fifteen and an up and coming photographer/artist, I was moved by the depth of life I saw in their faces and the depth of soul in their beings. The two share a love and respect for each other that is deepened by distance and celebrated in one another’s presence. As I made pictures of Austin and Emma, along with their Mom and Dad, I was moved by the passage of time and the convergence of lives coming full circle.
I had gone to Colorado Women’s College which is now Johnson and Wales. The art and theatre department where I spent a great deal of time, is now Denver School of the Arts. As I have the continued honor of photographing children growing into women and men, many traveling through places that helped make me who I am today, I am moved by the clarity and strength of spirit I see in these amazing people. I feel warmed and blessed that families like Austin and Emma’s, come back to me all these years later to document yet one more right of passage. I am grateful.