Photo by Leanna Coates.

Photo by Leanna Coates.

What I'm About.

In a few lines: using abbrevs way too much and making up my own words, chicken tenders, woolie socks, my three pups, creating and running a business, France, being active everyday (usual via going for walks, doing Crossfit or yoga, or running ), the Adirondack mountains, reading, and surrounding myself with people who strive to live a happy life and make themselves better humans.

I asked for a Polaroid camera when I was about to turn 10, so my parents gifted one to me for my birthday. I spent years taking painstakingly careful photos of what I thought was cool at the time--my sisters, our dog Shadow, our guinea pigs (really), and us posing with dogs we had befriended at the beach. The photos are terribly composed, but every time I stumble across one of them, it's a memory of a forgotten time. And I thank myself for not caring about the art of it back then, but about the people. And the pups.

It's still about the people, and it's still about the pups. It's also about the art. The art is my vehicle of connecting with people; the people themselves are the ones that drive me.

I hope you find yourself on the other side of my various cameras as I follow advice at 23 that I taught myself at 10: take pictures of who and what you care about.

I live in Lille, France. I'll be back in the U.S. in late May, 2018.