i believe that certain people come into our lives to be a mirror to our souls. they reflect honesty and truth into our hearts so that we can grow more into the person we want to become. they are the friends that call us on our bullshit, laugh at our jokes, they let us talk out our thoughts so that we can work our way through the moments. they are the friends that show us the ebs and flows, the trials and truths, they are the people who encourage and love without judgement. they are the friends who see us exactly – imperfectly – undone as we are and think that we are rad and special regardless. the friend that will share something they claim to be crazy+ irrational (but deep down in it they believe its really true and beautiful) …. and you listen with a smile – of relief and respond “i get it, me too”
yan palmer is one of those friends.
these photographs are a reflection of what i felt about her connection with her beautiful soulful children. she is raising, nurturing, encouraging, inspiring these three to be incredibly interesting and unique individuals. no seriously, i want to think and feel like wren + myra when i grow up. and my future husband he better learn to love like mr. shiloh.
i am thankful for her humoring my crazy
for encouraging me to photograph from my heart
to love without bounds
and for always giving me permission to be unapologetically – myself.