We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynn Townsend and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynn, what do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to remember about you?
I adore this question, and believe it or not, it is something that I think about regularly. In short, I want people to remember that I brought love into the world. That I treated people not only with respect, but with presence, empathy, and true connection…. That I saw them for who they truly are, and helped to reflect their inner light…. That both of our lives were richer because of knowing each other. In my opinion, it is an honor to walk the journey of life with each other. We are here to support and lift each other up. Love and kindness are truly what matter most ~ all else may fade away, but I hope that love is what remains in the memories of me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Sometimes I can hardly believe that my husband and I have been photographing full-time for 15 years. We have had the incredible honor of photographing many clients through their engagement, marriage, and family life. We’ve been there to watch their children grow and document moments in their lives that will live on forever. It’s a pretty remarkable honor and one that we don’t take lightly. We truly know our clients, and they truly know us. Many of our clients have been with us for five, ten or even fifteen years, and they’ve become like family. The most important thing to us is connection. With connection… real, authentic, honest connection… a photo shoot evolves with ease. Coming from this place allows moments that also carry this honestly, and a captured moment like that is priceless. In my current work photographing women, I work to create a safe space, where women feel seen, heard, and at home with themselves. It is beautiful to see this unfolding through a session, and I love reflecting that bright light back to the women who shine it. We’ve chosen self-employment for many reasons, but the biggest one is that we didn’t want to miss out on any of our own children’s lives. Although we’ve been pulled in many directions because of this, we hold these memories as treasures and are so happy that the hard work has allowed us to be there for them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Luckily, we live in the Berkeley Highlands neighborhood, and it’s brimming with restaurants, shops, parks and LIFE! We love Union Station, RHINO, Linger, Vital Root, Little Man Ice Cream, Parisi, Mas Kaos, BookBar Avanti, and so much more. A week wouldn’t be enough time to go everywhere we’d like! We absolutely love going to Red Rocks to hike or for a concert, so that would be a must. In the winter, heading to the Evergreen Lake House for outdoor ice skating is a dream. We love where we live!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
Oh, absolutely my parents!! They have shown me unconditional love my entire life. They have been remarkable role models, and I feel so fortunate to be their daughter. My husband and children are also the most important people in my life ~ they love and support me and make everything in this life worth living! I am so grateful, also, for the people I’ve met traveling internationally. They have taught me what true generosity looks like, along with acceptance, patience, and living with heart. Here, in the United States, I’ve had the privilege of working with Picture Me Here ~ an organization dedicated to helping refugees and immigrants tell their own stories through photography. The students I’ve worked with are incredible, brave souls, who have allowed themselves to be vulnerable in order to learn a new language and culture. They have inspired me greatly and led me to the work I do with immigrants and refugees now through the Sisterhood Photo Project.
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