The Intimate Portrait Project has occupied a large part of my life during the past four years. It has evolved into a series of photographs of ever increasing emotion, passion, trust, senusality, meditation, and peace. The shoots have become very physical out of necessity. I have learned that honest touch brings an openness to the photographs that would not otherwise be possible. In theater and in dance it is called contact-improv. Without a doubt, the Intimate shoots are much more than that. Hours of constant contact in a private and peaceful environment brings about a very different emotional state than it would in a classroom or rehearsal space.