about photographer | writer | dancer | musician
When I was young, I wrote in my journal, "I want to be a world photographer and dancer." Little did I know how this would inform my view of the world as an artist and what I would be doing to this day.
I began photographing with my aunt's Nikon film camera, posing local neighborhood friends in my backyard on black and white film. More than just capturing their portrait, I wanted them to see how I saw them, how beautiful and wonderful they were. I still desire this in every shoot. I began dancing around the same time. I was choreographing in my mind in any still moment -- from the backseat of the car with headphones on, progressing to late nights in the dance studio, and continuing studying and dancing with modern dance companies (Inlet Dance Theatre and Elu Dance Company) in Cleveland, OH and dancers in cities around the world; advocating for justice and healing, and speaking about the human condition.
As a photographer, I have had the privilege of studying under and working with other incredible artists and photographers, while traveling and working on projects for organizations I believe in and watching how a photograph can truly change the course of someone's life. I have photographed beautiful individuals and projects: artists, small businesses, families, entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profit organizations, and dance and theatre companies; and it has been an honor every step of the way.
I live in the city of Charlottesville, VA, where I serve, love, and grow as Founder and Director of The Farm House Cville, a home for artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders, furthering people and tending to the cultivation of community and the city. This is my home base, my studio, and my artistic community.
You'll find me writing and releasing new work on my blog, weekly in the dance studio teaching and creating new works with local dancers, and photographing portraits and projects at home and on the road. And in all of it, seeking beauty in community. Would love to work with you!
clients and publications
Associated Press, The Plain Dealer, Southern Living, Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Scene, Cville Weekly, Cville Mag, Knife & Fork, Thrive Magazine, The Charleston Gazette, The Local Palate, Brooklyn Law Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse Square, J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, Elu Dance Company, Inlet Dance Theatre, Mesh Design, M3 Core Training, Darling Boutique, Hardy County WV, Open Arms Foundation (Medellin, Colombia), Pfunanane Academy (South Africa).