My very first experience with photography was at the young age of 9 years old. My grandpa took my girl scout troop into the darkroom to earn our photography badge, and since then I've been hooked. At 14 years old, I got my first digital camera and started photographing the flowers around my parent's yard.
I had always been into the visual arts since I was able to pick up a pencil, but photography has been a forte for me. Once I began to learn more about photoshop and creating art on a computer, I struck an interest in graphic design as well.
After many years of developing my photography and computer skills, I graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 2008 to then pursue a degree from Grand Valley State University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Art & Design (Graphic Design Emphasis) & Photography. During those years, I have won several awards for my work, including grand prize in the 2007 Traverse Area Camera Club Student Photography Contest and 1st place in the 2008 competition for the artistic category, 1st place in photography in the 2008 Northwestern Michigan College Student Art Competition and was recognized for having an Outstanding Portfolio in 3D Design in 2009 from the art department at Grand Valley State University. I also participated in the 2015 Colors of Community Art competition in Allendale, MI where I placed in the top ten for photography.
Outside of graphic design and photography, my interests include cycling, figure skating, bowling, trumpet and breeding tropical fish with my husband. I am also a graphic designer for SpartanNash, where I design weekly grocery ads for independent stores around Michigan.