As a child, I remember loving photos and videos. I would dig in the closet to find the broken Nikon my mother used in college only to wind it up and pretend to take pictures. Sitting in front of the projector and looking at old photos was a staple activity in my house. Dad always taped my siblings and I during important life moments and those memories still live on VHS tapes stacked in shoeboxes to live on forever, or at least as long as VCRs still work.
This early love of documentation led me to take four photography classes and two video classes in high school. High school focused more on film photography than digital, so when I got my first digital, I had to teach myself how to edit on open-source software and I knew I had the bug. While searching for colleges, I found that Appalachian State had a photography program and I instantly set my sights on Boone and the future. I spent 2008 through 2012 getting a Bachelor of Science in Technical Photography with minor in general business. In the summer of 2012 I loaded up my gold Saturn and headed for the sunny shores of Carlsbad, CA to intern with TransWorld Media, a major producer of action sports media. Upon my return home to Wilmington that September I found a less-than-ideal photography job market, which ended up turning me into a self-employed wedding photographer. After shooting my first wedding in the spring of 2013, I started focusing more on weddings and found that the photography I had denied for so long was my true calling!
In addition to my love of skateboarding, these days I love craft beer and pretending to tinker around with my broken motorcycle (I have no idea what I'm doing). I love watching car shows and sometimes painting. If things can be up-cycled in my apartment, you better believe they're getting up-cycled.