I'm epli - documentary child and family photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I traveled to the Bay 9 years ago for a documentary project, and quickly realized it was my home.
Growing up I was that kid that once introduced to the darkroom I missed meals, running around stinking of developer - and loving it. Now, as an adult with a family of my own, I (sadly) don't smell of developer - but I still exist with one part of my consciousness always wrapped in people watching, light appreciating and awe of the ways inwhich we are all connected.
With a combined background in education and photography, I have spent my life studying human connection and growth. Children are the masters of living in the moment, vulnerably seeking connection and unadulterated excitement about the little things. Working with them, in everyway, is a reciprocal relationship.
The other part of my photography is my social justice documentary work. HereBefore (a photo-curriculum of self-portrait work with traditional members of the West Oakland community to explore and learn about the experience of gentrification) and 5Faces (a collaborative documentary project which explores the characters that Black, femme, queer femme burlesque performer The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkis have developed as a means of surviving and thriving). My new project (tittle still in the making) is a growing collection of editorial style images of children, celebrating their natural state of exploring non-binary gender expression.
In every aspect of my social, kid and family documentary, I have made it my life's work to celebrate what is. what is all around us. the everyday extraordinary.
We are living it.