My mission in every session is to create a beautiful piece of art for you to enjoy!
How I got into photography, my education, and experience...
Finding an interest in photography very early in life, I found a position as an assistant photographer and worked my way up to a photographing position before I graduated from high school. I worked with this studio for nearly 7 years, working in both film and digital photography. I pursued a general associate’s degree at Carroll Community College and completed my bachelor’s degree in Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
At SCAD, I learned many facets of photography. I enjoyed the science and magic of traditional black and white photography, shooting, developing, and printing my own images in the darkroom. I enjoyed printing in the color darkrooms as well. I worked with 35 mm film and digital cameras, medium format film and digital cameras, and large format film cameras including 4x5 and 8x10. Once I even made my own camera from a shoe box, and I have prints to prove it! I had the opportunity to experiment with alternative processes including cyan printing, salt printing, and contact printing. I took digital printing classes, digital retouching, studio lighting, portraiture classes… I learned how to mount, mat, and frame my work and how to use archival methods and materials to ensure that my end product would last for years to come. I also won two major student photo contests and was published (read more in my NEWS section)!
All that I have learned and experienced I put into my work every opportunity that I get. I continue to learn every day – I pursue reading material, webinars, classes, seminars, and conferences on photography, marketing, and much more. I continue to submit my personal work to exhibitions, both solo and group shows (check out my exhibits). I love this medium and will never stop evolving my skills!
Since college, I have focused on several genres of photography including both consumer (families, children, seniors, etc.) and commercial / corporate (stock photos, advertising, products, galas, special events, etc.) photography.
About my passion...
I love that with photography, I can create something that nobody else sees. With a medium that relies solely on light, you learn how to enhance your subject by modifying your light, changing your angle, adding light or taking it away... learning to control your light sources is key to creating photographic art, no matter the subject.
Beyond my professional work, I personally and enjoy nature and wildlife photography. You may also enjoy the bodies of work that I have developed over the years: Bird Series "It's Not Because I'm Beautiful", Phobia Series (no title), and Snow Series "Beautiful Silence". Please feel welcome to ask me about them!
Interests, hobbies, and family...
I have many passions it’s hard to keep track of them all… to name some faves: baking and cooking (some of my favorite recipes? Zuppa Toscana, Chicken Pot Pie, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, anything Mexican, Homemade Rice Krispie Treats, Cinnamon Pinwheels, Baklava, Lemon Meringue Pie... can you tell I like desserts?), fine art (when it’s finished), juggling (I can juggle 5 balls!), and kayaking (love me some sunshine!). I have a super-cool cockatiel who is about 20 years old, Handi, and a unbelievably adorable dog named Nala, who I rescued in 2013. I love spending time with my friends and family.
I wouldn't be who I am today without my artistic and loving family...
My sister is a professional goldsmith and silversmith developing her own line of jewelry.
My dad is a wood-turner and beekeeper, and plays the drums when he finds time.
My mom is a gardener, flower arranger, bonsai creator, and crafty beyond belief.
My grandmother works the pottery wheel regularly, and she is a fantastic cook.
My grandfather is a cabinet maker that can design and build just about anything.
My aunt is the best seamstress I know, and another incredible family cook.
SURROUNDED BY THE ARTS! I am a lucky girl! :-)
Professionally I am also interested in web development, search engine optimization, and online marketing. In fact, you can learn more about my other interests at www.WebsiteGURL.com!
Biz Minded Muses Podcast
I also host a podcast with two fabulous local business women, called Biz Minded Muses. Check us out and subscribe for free at www.BizMindedMuses.com!