I didn’t dive into photography because I was hungry for a way to make art, and I certainly didn’t pick up my first camera because I knew I wanted to grow up to be a photographer someday. Real talk: I did it for the Girl Scout badge. But when my brand spanking new Digital Photographer badge was ironed onto my overcrowded little vest, it felt as though something was being ironed onto my heart, too.
Truth be told, I’m a finger-in-ALL-the-pies kind of gal. I was a DJ for my college radio station, WUSC. I managed communications at my church. I even became a certified ballet teacher. But the superpower that comes with photography – the ability to freeze an unrepeatable moment and treasure it forever – kept pulling me irresistibly back like the smell of fresh cornbread. After graduating with a degree in Journalism for Visual Communication from the University of South Carolina (yes, I basically got a degree in “Yearbook,” and also, yes, it was a blast), I knew there was no turning back!