Trina lives fully and deliberately and it shows in her imagery. A photographer and doula who is deeply moved by the raw power of childbirth and breastfeeding, Trina is at home anywhere in the world and seeks to also make her subjects not just feel at ease, but inspired–like the process and its results (and YOU) are a gift. You can see the joy and ease that her friends are experiencing in the gorgeous series below. Scroll through to read more about her process, lifestyle, and thoughts on bodies, earth, relationships... We know you’ll enjoy this warm and thoughtful read.
Thank you so much for including us in this beautiful project! Organic cotton base-layers on lovely friends out in nature feels like a perfect fit. How did this concept/group of collaborators come about?
I met Maria @mummyuniverse a couple months before and she introduced me to a couple of her friends online, one of whom was a fellow Canadian which is very exciting when you are living abroad. So the group was easy to create as all three of them are friends and all live in the same part of Austria. The location we picked was a spot they spend lots of time at together in the summer.
You seem drawn to the themes of motherhood, bodies, joy, and empowerment. What do you think has drawn you in this direction?
Your travel schedule is SO busy–a true bohemian lifestyle! Can you speak to the joys and challenges of working creatively on-the-go, maintaining relationships, difficult goodbyes, etc etc?
Oh gosh... I could talk forever on this topic. I have put a lot of effort into becoming an international photographer. I grew up traveling which definitely helped ease me into it but there's nothing like your first trip on you own... Nothing prepares you for that. I am not a true gypsy, I struggle; there are days when you have to eat alone, adventure alone and the only person you talk to is yourself. It can be trying and sometimes even sad. Living abroad was one of the hardest, best things I've ever done. Every single day you are living outside your comfort zone which is a beautiful but raw experience but as humans I think we need these experiences to really appreciate this life. I stay in touch with post cards and social media and I believe there is no such thing as goodbye, just see you later.
Our theme for this month’s POSY is ‘tellurian,’ which means: of or inhabiting the earth. You were such a good fit for our feature on many levels. Tell us about your relationship to ‘earth’ (whatever definition you’d like to go with), your relationship with it, and how that informs your work.