#leapfear is my passion project to honour my mother who died a year ago this February.  Words seem so inadequate to describe my Mom. So this is why #leapfear emerged. This is my tribute.  To use her voice, even in her death, to inspire us to move past our fear and to live our lives as they were meant to be.
In these pages, you will hear and see 29 women who have moved beyond their fears to become the people they were meant to be.  I was humbled by their willingness to share their stories in the hope of inspiring all of us to live past our fears.  Please read, share but more importantly reflect on the life you are meant to live.  I hope you are inspired as much as I have been.

 

Epilogue – Anita

The photo above is me, my Mother Valentina and my sister Kornelia. When my oldest daughter heard I was going ...

Day 29 – Annmarie

She arrived with 29 yellow roses.  #29 arrived with 29 yellow roses. How did she know?  Yellow was my mom's ...

Day 28 – Jenn

Jenn came bouncing into the studio.  She was SO ready for this.  I could see that she has come out ...

#leapfear Day 27 – Pat

My comments will follow at the end of this post.  I think you will understand why when you read it ...

#leapfear Day 26 – Connie

You wouldn't BELIEVE the things that AREN'T in Connie's post.  Seriously.  Doesn't everyone model for a few months at 18? ...

#leapfear Day 25 – Maureen

I had my intro planned.  And then I read Maureen's story.  I have to rewrite this. I met Maureen for ...

#leapfear Day 24 – Andrea

We are different mothers for the same child.  Sort of. Andrea's daughter and my daughter played the same person (at ...

#leapfear Day 23 – Jennifer

The most astonishing thing about #leapfear, is how each and every woman arrived and said the same thing: they weren't ...

#leapfear Day 22 – Angela

I think I might have more images of Angela laughing than not.  Seriously. Arriving as a bundle of energy, Angela became ...

#leapfear Day 21 – Erika

Do you ever meet someone and feel like you have known them forever?  It was like that with Erika. I ...

#leapfear Day 20 – Paige

I asked more than once.  Throughout this project, it was important to me that each woman involved respected their own ...

#leapfear Day 19 – Cheryl

So I think my Mom made the computer lose everything I had just written in the last half hour.  She ...

#leapfear Day 18 – Shannon

Shannon has a permanent grin on her face.  She laughs easily, moves with confidence and and is warm. That is ...

#leapfear Day 17 – Hema

Hema is another extraordinary woman in my life.  I am either an idiot or very clever in surrounding myself with ...

#leapfear Day 16 – Melissa

Melissa is one of my heroes.  In fact, until I had read this post, I thought she was the most ...

#leapfear Day 15 – Sarah

Sarah wrote me and asked if she could change her answers to my questions.  She had been reading the other ...

#leapfear Day 14 – Marg

I looked through my camera and I was surprised that I saw total trust. I didn’t expect that. I have ...

#leapfear Day 13 – Carolina

I have only known Carolina since last summer but she already feels like one of my oldest friends.  Age, background, ...

#leapfear Day 12 – Laura

I think Laura's story touched me in a profound way.  I always have a soft spot for immigrants and children ...

#leapfear Day 11 – Kate

Kate moves with effortless grace and poise.  Once I got to know her, I realized that this came from the ...

#leapfear Day 10 – Lauren

Lauren has spunk.  Her mom showed us photos of Lauren when her hair was dyed gorgeous shades of orange and ...

#leapfear Day 9 – Meghan

Meghan and her twin sister (who will be Day 10, shown together in the last photo in this blog), came ...

#leapfear Day 8 – M.

M. has come so far in such a short time.  She has chosen to find solace in her dance rather ...

#leapfear Day 7 – Carleana

She was obviously nervous as she stepped in front of my camera. This was a huge step for her. To ...

#leapfear Day 6 – X

The project participant for Day 6 asked me to remove this page to protect her safety. Her situation has changed ...

#leapfear Day 5 – Dawn

So I have a confession.  I was TERRIFIED to actually start this project.  The response to my call for women ...

#leapfear Day 4 – Jessica

About 4 or 5 shots into the session, I turned the camera back towards Jessica to show her.  She started ...

#Leapfear Day 3: Lindsey

We have started a habit of sitting down and crying after every shoot.  Some days I think we might be ...

Day 2 #leapfear Nicola

Nicola's passion for life was palpable from the first moment she walked into my studio.  She is fierce yet gentle ...
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#Leapfear Day 1: Valentina

I am pretty sure she wouldn’t like what I am about to do. She was incredibly private. Even to those ...