Welcome and thanks for checking out my work! I am a photographer based in Murphysboro, Illinois. I have always loved art, music, and nature and when I moved to Southern Illinois to attend college - I found all three. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Photography from SIU Carbondale in 2008. I have worked in the food and service industry for over 15 years, managed teams, worked in marketing, in kitchens, in cellars, and on horses. I've been making images of friends, family, musicians, festivals and everything in between since high school, now specializing in light painting and long exposure photography.
In 2014, I started experimenting with flash and LED lights while shooting live music to brighten up my shots. It totally opened a whole new world of curiosity for me. The camera had seemed so "documentary" in nature, but here I was making images of light that didn't exist in that space. With my camera on a tripod, I take images in the dark for a few seconds to a few minutes, using light to "paint" in the image. It is fun and creative and almost impossible to take the same shot twice! My lighting gear has since expanded - I use spotlights, LEDs, a 6' Pixelstick, and some Light Painting Brushes gear, to name a few. Click the photo to see my Light Painting work.
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Here are some links to people and projects I work with and/or support:
Atypical Truth - a podcast that amplifies stories of people who identify with the community of rare diseases, disabilities, and complex medical conditions
Carbondale Music Coalition - a now defunct organization founded in 2013 that partnered with local musicians, music businesses, and other organizations to support and grow the local music community and put on concerts combining local and nation acts bringing in Jason Isbell, Nikki Hill, G Love & Special Sauce, and more
Spoon River Junction Winery - winery in Canton, IL specializing in making creative wines for the adventurous - reds, rosé, bourbon barrel-aged, even a vermouth
Tim Whiteford - composer, metal, reggae, rock artist from Carbondale
The Woodbox Gang - trashcan Americana music from Southern Illinois, one of the first bands I ever photographed
Ya'll Rock Carbondale - a youth-centered music organization that cultivates an empowering space for girls, women, trans and gender non-conforming people to collaborate and experiment in music, expression, performance, and collective care
See the work I'm doing with local small businesses here