About Coley: Artist and baby whisperer
Every girl in my 5th grade class wanted to be Mary and hold a real baby in the nativity play. I was instead cast in the roll of "Artist". But before the play started, I got to hold the real baby. In that moment holding that baby, something changed in me. I fell in love with babies. I saw something. There was something unbelievably special about babies.
Since then, I’ve had 3 of my own babies. I’ve held them and had that irreplaceable magical feeling of joy fall on me all over again. Then a sense of anxiety ticks in. I have to soak it all up as much as possible because the next time I look at that baby, she’s going to be older and different.
This is central to life for me. This is my life right now. I want to give this to you. I want to take a picture of you holding your baby soaking in those eyelashes as they sleep. I want to frame that photo for you so 5 minutes from now, when that baby is crawling or drinking out of a sippy cup or putting on their own shoes and you’re learning more about the person they are every day, you can remember how it all began.
A few more things you should know
Maybe its going through 3 rounds of baby items or living in a small house with 5 people and 2 dogs, but I don't want stuff for stuff's sake. I've grown very intentional about the things we own as a family and am the same way with photos. My goal is to provide you with the best. The best doesn't sit in a cloud as computer code. It lives in albums on your tables and on hooks on your walls.
I prefer quality over quantity
I'm a believer in motherhood
In the words of Queen Elizabeth II, "It's the most important thing." Moms are pouring their life out for eternal souls. We shape who our children will become more than anyone else in their lives will. It is beautiful and terrifying. It's a grand and difficult adventure. And it is worth SAVORING and CELEBRATING. That's what I'm here for.
I use both digital and film
Film in many ways creates a superior photo. It is more dynamic, has more depth and handles light better. The colors film captures bring out the true beauty of the photographed. Additionally, it produces a timeless aesthetic that is very important for me and my work. I use digital as well and edit these photos to mimic the film.
After my third baby, I bought a 35mm film camera for the express purpose of documenting my own kids with it. No more missing out on being in the moment because of over-shooting. No more hard-drives filled with millions of jpgs. No more culling and editing. It brought me back to all the things I've always loved about photography: moments, light, color, people.