WHO IS TWYLA?
I ask myself this question all the time, and that’s something about me you should probably start with…
I collect beautiful things.
A close friend of mine once said that the thing she thought set me apart from everyone else was that I collected beauty – in people, in artwork, in photos, in teapots and household items. No matter what I do, I try to collect beauty.
I have a fine art degree.
Not only do I know how to take photographs, I am also quite good at drawing, printmaking, sculpture in wood, glass, and found objects and more. My favourite art genre is personal conceptual gallery art, like French artist Sophie Calle’s “Take Care of Yourself” collection.
It’s not my first rodeo.
It’s probably safe to say that over the course of my career I have shot over 150,000 photos professionally. I have backup gear just in case and I use a special lens bag to make sure I can always get the shot. I’ve trained from the best, and now I train photographers how to run their business. I have spoken at photography conferences and I coach photographers to improve their companies through time management and business training.
I am a HUGE nerd and I also married one.
I have played Dungeons and Dragons and have a huge geek board game collection – I love Citadels the most. I have LARPed, cosplayed multiple times, and attended several cities’ Comic Cons. I watch every superhero movie and TV show that comes out. The sounds of anime are currently floating from my kitchen where hubby is making supper. He might be reading a comic book or watching anime as you read this.
I am relentlessly hopeful.
When the world seems to be caving in, I am always realistic – but I am also always hopeful. I am not the kind of person who is just positive all the time. I just have hope for every day.
I am spiritual and scientific.
I am a practicing Catholic, and love the spiritual and mystical side of life as much as I love science. I love research and logic and dancing in the rain. I have been accused of having Spock-like qualities and certainly Sheldon-like radar for the best seat in the house.
I am fascinated by people.
People are the reason I do what I do. Studying their personalities, and how they shine through their eyes and smiles, how they move. I love all of that aspect of my work. I’m looking forward to meeting you. I hope we can work together!