1. Tell me about what you do: I'm a full time photographer focusing on women's empowerment/rewild portraits, intimate lifestyle portraits for families & couples, and I have recently started facilitating women's Rewild Retreats.
2. And why do you love it? I love being able to guide my clients back to what matters most to them and also to help facilitate a relationship to wild nature through creative expression, adventure, self development and social connection.
3. Why is it important to you? This work is important to me because I believe it helps us to live more meaningful lives connected to each other, the ones we love, ourselves, and the beautiful world around us.
4. What positive difference are you making? I'm helping women cultivate confidence, integrate self love, kindness and compassion into their lives. A chance to change conditioned perspectives and beliefs so that we can provide more freedom of choice in our lives and live a life more aligned with our core values. I also prioritize a focus on rewilding not only ourselves but our connection with nature because there is so much we can learn from the environments around us and also so much that we can give back if we just pay attention.
5. How do you get through the struggles that arise? Being able to take a step back and analyse what is going on as an observer helps me a lot. Struggles show up in all shapes and sizes, but if we can take the time to recenter ourselves, see the different perspectives of any given situation and how we can learn & grow from each experience, then I can find appreciation in those hard times. Sometimes the struggles are a good sign to keep you on the path, reminding you of what's most important. Knowing that I am operating from a place of integrity & authenticity is a good reminder as well as knowing that I've got a great whanau supporting me. And when all else fails, a good dip in the ocean can do wonders for my mind, body, & soul.
6. Do you have a quote you love or any words of wisdom? So many, it's hard to choose... But at this stage in my life, the act of allowing myself to be vulnerable has been incredibly transformational & powerful for me & the people I connect with. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown