I began this adventure in a small farming county in northeast Ohio. The local 4-H club helped launch my interest in photography and cooking. When I aged out after 11 years, my father informed me that photography was an actual college major. So, I spent four years at Ohio University studying Commercial Photography. No one said anything at that point about the challenging job market.
After graduation I moved to Colorado with my sister. Vail is where I unofficially furthered my photography studies while also serving as a barista and front desk manager for a spa. After a year and a half, I paused, took a look at my life and realized I wasn’t progressing. I was stuck in the Disney World that is Vail. I needed to get out now or be stuck forever.
I NEVER EVER wanted to end up in Cleveland. EVER. I had interned at an inspiring photography studio in Chicago, Jeff Sciortino, during my college years, and that is where I intended to go. After six months of living with my parents, waiting for the call from ANYONE in Chicago, a friend offered me an interview at an amazing studio in Cleveland, Kalman & Pabst. I started assisting there and at a few other studios in Cleveland. I moved to Lakewood, then Ohio City and eventually landed in Tremont. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I love Cleveland!
While assisting a photographer one day, the food stylist on the set found out she had landed a big shoot and needed an assistant. I love to cook, so I offered to lend a hand. It took only a few weeks for me to figure out that I could step out from behind the camera and into the kitchen.
Now, I am training to become a food stylist.
Delores Custer, the woman who wrote the book on food styling (literally), teaches a week long workshop out of her apartment in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to attend in the fall of 2013! I then started Culinary School at the local Community College while working. After two and a half years I graduated top of my class. Now I am ready to travel and work!
You may contact me at:
- Food styling
- Personal Chef
- Craft Service