My first introduction to photography was with in a high school photography class, where the instructor and assignments had me hooked. In college at Penn State, I quickly transitioned into photojournalism where I eventually became the lead photo editor of The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s independently-run student newspaper. I was able to take charge of many stories at the newspaper, including the Jerry Sandusky scandal and surrounding events in 2011-2012. I quickly learned how to manage my team to effectively to compete with other major news outlets both nationally and internationally. During college, I also interned as a photographer for a regional magazine company in London, and I traveled to Brazil with an international reporting class to find stories for wire publication ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
After graduating, I worked for three newspapers in the Philly area as a photojournalist, but after a little while I was ready for a change in pace. I loved the imagery JPG was creating and their photojournalistic take to capturing all kinds of events was a natural fit for me.
When I’m not capturing beautiful moments for JPG, I volunteer at the Brandywine Valley SPCA. My main job as a volunteer is to take profile photos for the animals’ online adoption posting, as well as photographing adoption and other events they hold. This is so rewarding for me because not only do I get to hang out with adorable animals, but they are much more likely to get adopted if they have a photo.
-I always have a super appropriate “The Office” quote up my sleeve.
-I have an amazing t-shirt collection.
-I don’t have any pets (yet) but I’m always on the lookout for the right furbaby!
-I am the meme lord!
-My travel bucket list includes Japan, India, Iceland, Cuda, and the National Parks out west, but by favorite place to visit again and again is New Orleans.
-Ina Garten is my hero!