I was born in St. Louis and raised in Metro Detroit. My initial interest in architecture and design from a high school architectural drafting course led me to receive a Master of Interior Design degree, at Lawrence Technological University after which I worked as a freelance designer for 5 years. It was during a conference in New York in 2011 when I realized my desire to stay in Detroit to rebuild the city. At the time, having experience in interior design and a hobby of photography, I ultimately decided to hone my skills in photography, using my eye to capture the life of Detroit. My love of architecture and design compelled me to create images largely centered on city life, the built environment, and space and how people interact within all three.
Driven by the belief that our experiences help shape our passion and purpose, I found photography to be a vehicle to restore people’s hope in a city that faced hard realities daily, while still offering beautiful gems. These gems are found in our neighborhoods, businesses that make life easier and enjoyable, and people who empower us with their shared stories that help others. Help them to believe for better things and put action in place to make them a reality. Help people to remember their past doesn’t define them, but can be used to walk out their purpose and be of service to others.
That’s what I do through photography. Capture the stories and work of community-minded Detroit organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs whose daily work is directly impacting the people of Detroit. We all have some way of contributing to the city’s revival and my way is sharing positive visual messages through photography that will transform Detroit’s narrative.