It all started when…
I decided that I wanted to travel the world in search of answers to some of life's greater questions -- questions like: What does it mean to truly be happy? What makes me feel alive? What is my purpose?
As fate would have it, I crossed paths with Maya and Ava exactly when I needed to, and they began to help me answer those very questions through connection, empathy and reflection. As pups, they were looking for a home; and I, a young woman, was trying to make one that was authentic and true to me. Time and space with Maya and Ava taught me that home is not necessarily a place, but it is most certainly a heartbeat. In other words, it is the connections that we make with certain souls that ground us and lift us up at the same time, and that help us evolve into our best selves.
My truth is that I have struggled with depression and anxiety for the majority of my life. But that is not my whole story, I refuse to let it be. I am a photographer, and the dogs are extraordinary subjects to capture -- not just because of their majestic beauty, but also because of their wise, soulful expressions, their purposeful demeanor in everything that they do, and their metaphorical approach to life. When I am outside shooting with them, I am literally and figuratively seeing life through a new lens, getting a fresh perspective that helps me understand life's biggest questions, and I am truly my happiest self.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
I initially started taking photographs of the dogs to get out of my head and lost-and-found in my heart. With time, their platform has grown into one that is raw, vulnerable, and safe for open dialogue around outdoor adventure and mental wellness. Maya and Ava® represent more than just dogs outside in nature; their presence and my artwork exist to help promote environmental conservation, and to destigmatize the conversation around mental health. This is our calling, and we hope that you'll join us for the journey.