PERSONAL JOURNEY

I’m a native New Yorker with Brazilian heritage. Raised speaking Portuguese, I lived in Brazil for several years. As a child I became influenced by many of the artists in my family and the culture around me. Art is in my DNA.

I’m no stranger to adversity. At thirteen I became pregnant and chose to raise my daughter Jessica, while attending high school in New York City. I then graduated college while working to support my daughter and myself.

In 2003, I discovered my passion for photography in college; in particular, I discovered my passion for telling compelling stories of hope, love, emotion, culture and the human experience through photography. Since then, I have applied myself to sharpening my skills, capturing the beauty I see and growing as a business owner. When I started photography, my daughter was about ten years old and I was also busy raising her as a single young mother.

My educational experience in photography includes a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College, studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a two-and-a-half-year apprenticeship at a custom black and white studio in NYC, and an internship with Magnum  Photos at its New York location.

Fast forward to today, I work with individuals and businesses (large and small) photographing their personal stories and helping them share the passion they have for the life they lead and (in some cases) the products they sell. As for my daughter, she is now a young working professional with a college degree and like me, loves to travel the world.

My passion for photography is rooted in the desire to tell global stories of hope, love, emotion, culture and the human experience. I believe the challenges I faced at a very early age enable me to quickly connect with people and capture their lives with sensibility and compassion.

In many ways, my view on life comes through my photography. First it must engage my own heart and then my hope is that it reaches the hearts of my audience.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my personal journey. I truly appreciate your friendship, your continued support and generous referrals. I’d love to hear from you so please email me: judith@judithrae.com

 

Warm regards,

Judith