San Francisco, California
I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and was one of the founding members of the St. Paul Stars Synchronized Swim Team. In 2003, I moved to Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts where I studied studio art and art history and continued to compete in synchro until graduating in 2007. During the fall semester of my junior year, I took her first photography class while studying in Florence, Italy. Returning to compete with Wheaton Synchro, I immediately turned my lens towards the sport, eventually abstracting it for my senior thesis in a series of figure studies. I found that photography naturally paired with the artistic aspects of synchro and that the work helped me cope with my perceived loss of identity as I finished my competitive career. The passion I felt for this work spurred me through a Post Baccalaureate year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and onto my Master of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, which boasts the first Fine Art Photography program in the world.
In 2015, I was invited to photograph the very first US Mixed Duet Squad in preparation for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, where they won gold and silver in the technical and free programs respectively. I continued my work with the duet squad along with the professional synchro troupe, the Water Beauties, in Las Vegas where they perform in Cirque du Soleil’s O and Le Reve - The Dream. In 2016, I was able to work as an official photographer for USA Synchro, which included an underwater shoot with the National Team and Olympic Duet. The highlight of this partnership was attending my first Olympic Games in Rio and being able to cheer on my favorite athletes in person; most especially the US Olympic Duet.
Building a career that combines two of my passions has been truly fulfilling, and I am excited to grow my business in 2017 with a continued focus on synchronized swimmers. In addition to a continued photographic interest in Bill May as he prepares for competition, I will start to journey to select US cities for private club underwater photo shoots.
Long before I picked up a camera, I honed my creative skills in synchro in conceptualizing routines, choreography, music editing, and costume design. Much like photography, synchronized swimming is at it’s best when it is equal parts technique and artistry, and I approach my work with that mindset. Above all else, I aim to bring the best out in every model I work with and provide imagery they can treasure for a lifetime. With nearly twenty years of coaching experience, I am experienced in a wide range of skill levels and have the ability to communicate concepts and corrections clearly. My unique combination of skills has set me apart in my niche, and I hope to continue to shine light onto this beautiful sport and make my imagery available to the community.
San Francisco, California