When Avery and I met this past summer, we clicked instantly! Literally.
Avery and I are neighbors, colleagues, and friends, as we both live on the beautiful Fountain Valley School campus of Colorado Springs. As I shared in my last post (missed it? Read it HERE), Avery and I knew pretty quickly that we needed to do something together, and it became clear almost as quickly what that "something" would be centered around.
This partnership and this journey goes deeper than two photographers who happened to find themselves as neighbors and then friends. It goes even deeper than the discovery that we both played hockey at our beloved Colgate University. Granted, she played on the ice, and I played on the field and there was about a decade in between those years, but still! And deeper still than our journey into motherhood, into pouring our hearts into our precious babies.
Avery is absolutely wonderful. Her heart for her family, her work, and her photography are exceptional. And her passion to empower girls, both young and old, concerning their beauty, their value, their self worth- well that pretty much makes her my soul sister!
But don't take my word for it! Let me share her with you here, today.
I asked Avery a few questions about her life and her passions. I am excited to share her voice with you here today, along with some of the beautiful work that she's done in her own portrait business, Avery McGlenn Photography.
I've always been drawn to photography and images. My dad used to have a stack of National Geographic magazines beside his armchair, and I used to flip through them and pour over the images, wondering how the photographer captured this or that particular image. But it wasn't until my husband gave me my first DSLR camera that I began to learn the craft. Once my daughter was born, I fell in love with documenting every aspect of her little life.
I love capturing the innocence and whimsy of childhood. My daughter will put on a princess dress, a tutu, a pair of fairy wings- and she will throw herself into whatever imaginary world she's created. Her imagination is boundless and colorful and light-hearted. It's amazing to watch and capture.
Joyful, depleting, inspiring. It's hard work. And blissful work. My daughter is fierce and loving. I have a picture of her riding her balance bike down a hill while wearing a frilly green tutu. She's wild. Because she is all of these things, parenting her is kind of like trying to pick up a pile of cotton balls in a tornado. It can be kind of baffling. But a lot of fun.
I have both a daughter and a son. Even at only seven months, it's remarkable how different my son is than my daughter. Capturing those authentic insights into their little souls, through a half-smile, a look of surprise at tasting snow for the first time: becoming a mom has made me more in tune to those moments. And becoming a photographer has made me want to capture them!
Photography is powerful. How often do we snap a selfie with our cellphones, only to critique ourselves in the harshest way? I want to help girls replace those harmful messages with ones more positive and healthy. I want girls to see themselves as powerful.
I envision a partnership in which two strong women seek to make positive and lasting changes through photography. I envision helping girls be their best selves. I envision connecting girls and women to each other in ways that are powerful and lasting.
I hope you all enjoyed this little sneak peak into Avery's daily life. We have so much to share with you all, with moms everywhere, and with daughters everywhere. We both feel as if we've just stumbled onto the tip of the iceberg!
I look forward to next week, where I'll introduce you to Brook Raney, one of the inspirational forces behind this new journey. As well, Avery and I will officially be launching our first Workshop, along with a special treat for our first registrants!
Thank you so much, Avery, for sharing your words with us. And for sharing this journey with me.
(You can find more of Avery's beautiful work at Avery McGlenn Photography)