Who I Am
My name is pronounced Larkin.
I am a full time photographer/mom/farmer’s wife living outside of Spokane WA on a wheat farm with my husband and three sons. I have a crazy sugar addiction, a pudgy Brittany Spaniel named Gunne and a love of Netflix originals. Wet dirt in the spring is my favorite smell and my husband and I are total metal heads and count Slipknot, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch and Element Eighty among some of our favorite bands. I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do, I binge watch. I’m a homebody at heart, although I spend most of my life in the car, shuttling between football practice, school and the grocery store. And then there are those days that i get to pick up my camera and document someones life. I am not into traditional stuff. I feel like I’m betraying myself when I have to tell someone to “look here and smile”. In fact, I often start my shoots by telling my couples not to look at me unless I ask. If I don’t challenge myself within a photo series, I am dissatisfied. I like people to close their eyes. I like them to whisper to each other. I like them to grab some tush or play tag. I like quiet moments, under the sheets, snuggling. I like hands in hair and lips parted and closeness. On the flip side, I am also the most sarcastic person ever and I will use my dry sense of humor to get a laugh at every turn. I live for the connection and for pushing myself to capture that spark, that unique love, that exists between people. Even in a family situation, I am constantly analyzing the dynamic.
Life is so short. One day we wake up and the people we love the most are gone. Photographs keep them forever close, and that is something that I always have in the back of my brain when I’m working or photographing my own children and husband. They are mine. I want to remember them this way forever. I want to remember the mess of my house and the dirt on his chin, the look my man gives me when he’s doing something not because he wants to, but because it makes me happy. These are the things that make me who I am. Who are you? Thats what I ask myself when I look through my lens, into your life and your love. What can I show you that you havent realized? What can I give you that you will look on with happy tears in your eyes in twenty years?
I can give you my perspective. I can give you images of your loves that will last a lifetime, long after your babies are grown and gone, long after your spouse has soft, wrinkled fingers, long after your memories of the day we took them have faded away into the depths of your mind.
I can give you a piece of myself and preserve a piece of you.
Lets go somewhere together.