The journey

the journey
isn’t so much about
becoming anything.

it’s unbecoming everything
that isn’t you
so you can
who you were meant to be
in the first place.

I found this quote on #jfindsyoga/ on Instagram.
Thought it worked well for this photograph I took during a yoga retreat. The retreat was filled with incredible moments: women bonding, laughing, supporting. Nourishing food and wine, Forrest bathing, meditation, aromatherapy, singing bowls, bowing practice, hikes in the woods and on the beach, perfect weather, yoga and beautiful souls.

More photographs to follow.



Beautiful women

A strong woman is one who feels deeply & loves fiercely. Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft & powerful. She is both practical & spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world. -unknown author

I’m always grateful for a woman’s trust when she’s on the other side of my camera. While I attempt to make her feel relaxed & beautiful, I wonder how she interprets my gestures, especially when I see THE shot. (I’ve been told) I sometimes make sounds – like an audible smile noise, sometimes just “yesyesyes”, quite often a tear forms in my eye when everything lines up & I hope the photograph looks something like my vision! 

I see a woman’s strength. Its not in the form of skinny, in perfect makeup, in designer clothes. I see strength in what she’s been through on her journey up to when I press the shutter. I see her beauty shine when the wind messes her hair, when she laughs with her girlfriend, when her feet are bare, in the earth, on a mountain, splashing in the shallow water of a chilly lake. 

She’s the woman I love to photograph. With her stories, with her pain, with her resolve & her laugh lines and all the reasons she is who she is today. That is real. That is a beautiful woman. 


My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where
the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth,
beauty & peace within you,
because it is also within me.
In sharing these things
we are united, we are the same,
we are one.

love on the lake

I just fell in love in one hour~

If you had the chance to combine 3 things that you absolutely love into one hour, what would it look like?

a summer morning
paddle board on the lake

I couldn’t wait to try yoga on a paddle board. I arrived excited, nervous & alive, drawn to the idea of something new, a physical challenge and the beauty of an outdoor yoga practice. The security of the bamboo floor holding my mat steady was a mile down the road in the studio.

Paddling out onto the lake helped me relax and breathe a little…So far, had mastered getting onto the board, standing and the basics of locomotion. I was awake!

The small group gathered and I began to notice how beautiful the day was-clouds holding the sun back made the far shore light up. The breeze was (thankfully) gentle and calm.

Yoga allows me to dig in to my confidence even if I fall out of a pose, which I do enough. Sometimes I’m not content in just being there, instead I try to reach a little further into my strength or flexibility or balance. The amazing part of yoga on a paddle board in a lake with a breeze blowing, is that each movement had me reaching further. Digging a little deeper.

The boards touched, “kissed” is how our SUP yogi described it. We drifted and paddled back into the lake. Down dog supplied one of my favorite views – reversed perspective of lake and clouds. Warrior felt strong, plank-solid. Tree pose, a standing, single leg balance posture gave me a challenge for my next class.

Yoga, breezes, drifting, paddling…and then headstand. What?
Headstand on a paddle board, in the lake on a beautiful summer morning!

Nothing more amazing than coming out of relaxation in a bouquet of Lilly pads.

In love…



ever feel like you can fly?
well, maybe not like Orville & Wilbur building the wings and attempting to fly….

sometimes my body is in alignment and feeling strong
my thoughts are open
my heart is receptive
and filled with gratitude

and then it happens

I feel like I can take flight

ok, so its during a yoga class, deeply centered, feeling strength from inside and no resistance from gravity. gently prompted into a graceful pose…and then it happened!

simultaneously: strength, power, gratitude…and flight

I’ve felt flight before and as if I didn’t want to miss out on a wonderful dream by waking up, I try to hold onto the beautiful moment.

the overwhelming gratitude filled my heart.

I can fly