I grew up in a quintessentially small town in southern Virginia with an artist mother who harbored my own artistic talents and instincts from a very young age. From doodling to sketching to drawing to painting to writing stories to writing poetry to playing the piano, creativity was always a part of my life. I don't have a clear memory of exactly when it happened, but one day I decided that photography was it.
I bought my first film camera, a Nikon single lens reflex, after saving
up my babysitting money the summer before my freshman year of high
school. I absolutely fell in love with the medium and found that I had a
very instinctive eye for composition. With wanderlust in my veins, I
longed to move away from my small town and go somewhere far away, so I
traveled south and attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in
Florida. I graduated with an Associates degree in Photography and
produced a portfolio defined by clean, bold, simple, and colorful
After college I moved back home to Virginia where I started my own
freelance photography business while also working as a full-time
photographer at a printing company where I nurtured my love of studio
photography. My wandering heart then led me even further across the
country to the west coast where I spent a few years in San Francisco,
California, which greatly inspired my black and white Holga film series.
I've recently returned to what I consider my roots in photography,
before I even knew what I was doing: film and all the happy accidents
that come with it. Film contains that magical quality that digital still
can't quite capture. So after looking at my photographs, don't be
surprised to find a grainy image of a sky full of cotton candy clouds as
well as a bold, perfectly lit studio image of wine glasses. I'm not
sure what the vast difference in styles says about me - the difference
in controlling everything and just letting things happen - but they are
both me and they are both honest.
I currently reside in the Los Angeles area where photography has become
less of a career and more of a hobby. I've spent the last few years
simultaneously delighting in and cursing the unwavering warm weather of
southern California and ironically longing for the rolling hills and
changing seasons of my hometown. I spend my free time reading, cross stitching, drinking coffee and filling up my overflowing bookshelves (you can follow what I'm reading on Goodreads).
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