My friend Silvia and I were talking one night and drinking wine. She was going through some changes in life and wanted to talk about websites, business, and photography. She's an amazing family and maternity photographer, and she still hadn't started her website!

As we were talking, I realized how much I loved portraits of women. When we are in front of a camera, we are vulnerable, trusting, and allowing the photographer to peak into our world. It takes courage, especially when you are alone, when it's not a family portrait. It wasn't the glass of wine, I don't really know what it was. But something became clear that night - I would pick up my camera again and return to photography, to portraits. I understood that I would only be happy as a photographer if I could help women find and present something of themselves through the camera.

I asked Silvia to be my first model this time around, since it was talking to her that started it all.