When I first heard of Rachael Jayne Groover’s amazing work a few years ago, I immediately began wondering how we might work together. Her book “Powerful and Feminine” had just been published, and her Art of Feminine Presence program had already been changing lives for some time. I’d spent roughly the past decade trying to wrap my head around the transformations that I was witnessing through my lens, and somehow I knew that she would play a role.
Fast forward a couple of years, and here I am in the throes of the purpose of my life, in no small part due to the fact that I went through Datta Groover’s Authentic Speaker Academy six months ago. I found my voice, I defined my purpose, and I’m currently “touring” with both Rachael Jayne and Datta Groover and speaking to groups of beautiful, amazing women around the globe.
The basic purpose of my work is to serve however I can through the art of photography. But about ten years ago I discovered that there is a much larger purpose to my work, even if I didn’t fully recognize it at the time.
At the time, a woman hired me to conduct a boudoir photo session for her. The night before our session, she emailed me to tell me that she was a breast cancer survivor, and that she’d had a double mastectomy. She told me that she no longer felt like a woman. Then she asked me…
“Do you still want to do this?”
“I hired Don to do two projects for me and he surpassed my expectations on both. The first was to do a photo shoot with 30 of my employees. Don went above-and-beyond to be accommodating to my very excited team, giving them each special time and attention to put them at ease and capture beautiful shots that really showed their unique personalities. The second project was to do a shoot including my two horses, Thursday and Shorty. Don listened to endless stories about ‘my boys’, as I really wanted the pictures to capture the horses as I see them. The photos are outstanding to look at, but even better, they reveal the hearts and spirits of the horses and the nature of the bonds I have with each of them.” – Katie Smith
I was thrilled when Katie Smith hired me for two projects in July. The first project was to create a set of portraits for her restaurant employees, and the second was to create portraits of her and her two horses, Shorty and Thursday…