Spilling the Tea: Sharing My Why

Hey there! I’m so excited to be writing my very first blog post, like WHAT?! I never thought I would be doing this! My name is Lynsey, aka the girl that uses too many emojis and brings a step stool to shoots just in case. I have lived most of my life in Duluth, Minnesota, although as a kid, my family moved around the US quite a bit. So even though I wasn’t born here, no place has ever felt more like home. And even though the weather is absolutely UNBEARABLE for 3/4 of the year, I’m so glad my family landed in this spot. This is the place where my heart belongs.

Labels are what you make them and I never limit myself to mine, but if I had to sum up who I am in a few words it would probably be something like this: I’m an Enneagram 1, with a passion for intentional living. A TOTAL nature enthusiast, a water element, and definitely a right side of the brain kind of person. While my parents graduated with chemical engineering and chemistry degrees, I am an artist. I used to see that as a bad thing and now I realize it’s connected to my purpose in life; it’s my favorite label.

When I was a senior in high school I thought I would go to college for Communications, but only because I knew I wanted to work with people. Believe it or not, being a photographer was never something I saw for my future even though I carried my point and shoot camera EVERYWHERE with me in high school (like sometimes I snuck it into class just in case my friends did something hilarious that deserved to be remembered). It actually seems silly that I never considered this path an option for me until 6 years ago when my life changed in the blink of an eye and my priorities experienced a M A J O R shift. My little brother died. That moment weighs so heavy on me now and probably will for the rest of my life. After that, I threw myself into photography because it gave me the escape I needed and gave me a new world to explore, one that was full of life and excitement instead of the insane hurt of losing my best friend. In a way, this passion for photography has always felt like his last gift to me.

I feel like you can learn a lot about a person by their why, and I’d like to share mine. Photography was a passion that blossomed for me out of the toughest circumstances of my life. I show up behind the camera every day because I NEED to connect with people. I need to show every single one of you that you are beautiful and worth loving and celebrating because I need to be the person that proves to you that life is worth living. I wish I could have done that for my little brother and that is why I’m here for you. To show you off and make you proud of yourself. To be your light and your own personal cheerleader. To be whatever you need me to be, because that is my purpose.

This is my why. This is my mission. I’m so glad you’re here with me, thank you for letting me serve you with my art and allowing me to be a part of your story.

Photos by Clara Sheehan

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I am a portrait photographer serving couples in love. I capture the instant between a moment and a memory so that you have something to look back at and hold close to your heart always and forever.