Summarize your life in a few sentences
Started out homeschooled in Indiana, taught myself photography and Photoshop through self portraits in the woods, graduated SAIC last May, and now running my photography business full time!
What’s your background?
My background is entirely in the arts – I taught myself everything I know about cameras and editing when I was a teenager, thinking that I would become a fine art portrait photographer and show my work in galleries. Once I was a sophomore in art school at SAIC, I realized the fine art world wasn’t for me – I was struggling to show “fine art” photography, instead opting for portrait sessions with women I found inspirational, which made critiques awkward because people didn’t know how to talk about my work. I decided to start taking every business class I could find at school (which was limited) and teaching myself about entrepreneurship online.
How did you start your business?
When I was 16, I started saying that I wanted to be a photographer and haven’t questioned it since. It took a few years and a lot of trial and error before I realized how to actually make photography a career – it started with small fun paid shoots with friends when I was 16 and progressed from there to bigger projects with places like Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to now where I focus primarily on creative entrepreneurs.
What inspired you as a creative woman?
What was your first job ever? Any funny or memorable story?
If you won a lottery today, will you still continue to build your business?
Walk us through your day as a photographer.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Where or what do you think you will be/do in the next 5 years?
Share a quote/advice that you’d like to tell the 25-year-old you
I’m gonna share advice I’d give to my 15 year old self, cause I’m only 22!
You’re going to fail – and you HAVE to face that fact. Because it’s absolutely going to happen and the worst case scenario is to not learn anything from the failure.