Remember the kid in school who sat in the back and drew all the time but was quiet? Yeah, that was me. She became a photographer! Unfortunately, she's still a quiet neurodivergent introvert, but with some improvements!
When I'm not photographing awesome people or volunteering for 100 Black Dads, I am home being a mom to three little ones, two who are on the spectrum. My day is split between being an artist and a mother. I love that this career allows me to do what I love and raise my children at the same time. As a queer black cis-woman, I am a fierce supporter of Black Lives Matter and LGBTQIA+ rights using my art as a means of activism so that all are seen and celebrated equally.
I became a photographer because I want to offer my talent to people just like me. People who want to see themselves for who they are and not what they fantasize to be. People who want to embrace their uniqueness and show their personalities. People who just want to feel and be themselves without pressure to be something they are not.
It's nice to meet you. If you liked what you read, then we must have some things in common. We're going to do grand things together, you and I.
My beautiful children.
my best friend and husband
traveling and experiencing new adventures
being an anime gaming loving nerd (that's jam project at otakon 17'!)
the color pink and cherry blossoms
Things that make me
I was always an artist for as long as I can remember. I was the 'girl who draws' while in class because that's all I loved doing. After grade school, I attended trade school for Advertising Art & Design where I was trained in graphic arts. I went on to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to major into Photography. I fell in love with photography because it's a simple form of art that requires an eye for framing subjects and coloring it with light.
As a person diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, it's a challenge to stick to this line of work since it requires me to work with the general public. For years, I fought to try and strive to be like most extroverted people in this profession but struggled in to maintain the false persona. Today, I make it part of my identity to say this is who I am and not let it dictate my overall contribution as an artist. Besides, introverts like pictures, too.
The first video game I ever played was Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo. Yes, a very long time ago. At the age of six, I was so drawn to animation and challenges. Ever since then, I've never stopped gaming. It's funny because I always assumed I would grow out of it and become an 'adult.' Yet as an adult, I decided that I like gaming and eff the standards! Sims 4 and Overwatch are some of my favorites.
I grew up loving watching Japanese anime, having an interest in Dungeons and Dragons, and being a follower of Marvel Universe and many other fantastic fandoms. It never stopped even as I became an 'adult', so now I just accept that it's part of my personality and who I am. I am even married to someone who shares the same interests. We met him online through geeky Anime interests and have been in love for the last twenty years.
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