In summer 2018, the army moved our family from Leavenworth, KS to Fayetteville, NC and I immediately felt a divide between the Fort Bragg community and the city of Fayetteville. The negative perceptions of what was historically known as "Fayettenam" by many military families worried me as I prepared for the transition, and following our move. As our time in Fayetteville has unfolded, and having experienced Hurricane Florence with this community, I’ve become more mindful of the profound impact a simple encounter can have when two humans cross paths and when a group of strangers pull together in the face of adversity, despite their differences. On April 30th, 2019, inspired by Fayetteville and Fort Bragg locals, I started a photoblog project titled Faces of FAY. This project is a creative effort to shine light on the heart of the diverse people I meet across the community that helps make this duty station "home" to military families like ours. Through this project, I am taking a step of courage to say "hi" to my neighbors, care more about who they are, challenge all assumptions, and teach my boys to do the same. Thus far, I've been deeply touched by the conversations that have followed from a simple wave and I'm on a mission to capture and share a glimpse into the heart of FAY to help other military families and visitors connect with this incredible city and its diverse people. As the project has evolved, I'm hoping to help build community as together we share stories, resources, and encouragement. Something beautiful happens when we care about others and their stories, when we invite them into our world, and when we decide to lean into our community. I’ve loved the heartbeat of FAY and am documenting it as I go.
Thank you for joining me!
Founder and Photographer