I work with brands, nonprofits, and editorial outlets to find strategic solutions for creative problems. With experience in project management, creative/art direction, photo/video production and editing, and curation, I am currently pursuing new opportunities to create physical and digital experiences that make people’s lives better.
Empathy is my superpower. Whether that’s empathizing with my clients’ time and budget constraints, empathizing with audiences to craft visual messaging to meet them where they are, empathizing with colleagues to create healthy work environments where everyone is valued and respected, or empathizing with people whose stories we tell. Human behavior is driven by story and the best storytelling is collaborative, authentic, provocative, and persuasive.
As Co-Founder & Creative Director of Diversify Photo, I advocate for greater representation of marginalized groups in the photography industry because it is good for business and good for culture. We create resources for art directors and photo editors to find and hire photographers of color and partner with organizations to elevate and amplify our member’s voices through exhibitions, speaking engagements, and corporate sponsorship.
My clients and publications include Handshake, Newsweek, The New York Times, AARP, The Open Society Foundations, ESPN, T. Rowe Price, and InterContinental Hotels. I have juried competitions for Getty Images, American Photography, The FENCE, and The Connecticut Art Director’s Club. I've reviewed portfolios for The American Society of Media Photographers, The National Press Photographers Association, and The New School. I've spoken and lead visual storytelling workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University, and Trinity College. My work has been recognized by The Telly Awards, iTunes, The National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, and The Student Academy Awards, among others.
I hold an M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and I am an alum of the Eddie Adams, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops.
Wise Media, LLC, 2016 - Present
Open Society Foundations/United Photo Industries, Contract Project Manager, 2019 Handshake, Contract Art Director, 2019 Trix Magazine, Contract Photo Editor, 2019 AARP, Contract Photo Editor, 2018 - 2019 Newsweek, Contract Photo Editor, 2017 Alexia Foundation, Acting Director of Communications, 2018
2019 Gold, Telly Awards, Branded Content - General, Budget Under $100,000, "A Love Letter: Back to the Mara" 2018 Open Show NYC #26, “Hysteria,” Brooklyn, NY 2017 Honorable Mention, Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, “Hysteria” 2017 New York Portfolio Review, New York, NY 2016 Semi-Finalist, Student Academy Awards, "55 Days" 2016 Best New App in News, iTunes, "ViewFind" 2016 American Web Design Award, Graphic Design USA, "Family. Life." 2016 1st Place, Mini-Site/Special Section, SSND, "Family. Life." 2013 Bronze, Interpretative Project, 71st CPOY, "RETURNED" 2013 Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXVI 2012 1st Place, General News, NPPA Clip Contest, "There She Is"
2019 "Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America" exhibition Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography" exhibition PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY 2018 "IN/VISIBLE" exhibition Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2015 "Family. Life.” limited run photo book, interactive website, social media 2014 "Violent Times” e-book by Andrew Renneisen
JUDGING & REVIEWING
2019 ASMP Portfolio Reviews, Photoville, New York, NY 2019 American Photography Open 2019 The New School Portfolio Reviews, New York, NY 2019 The FENCE, United Photo Industries 2018 Getty Images Creative Bursary 2018 Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA 2017 Getty Images Creative Bursary 2017 Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA 2017 AI-AP, Latin American Fotografía 6 2016 SPJ of Western Washington, Passion Projects Grant 2016 NPPA Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Iselin, NJ
2018 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2018 Women Focus, The Newseum, Washington, DC 2017 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2016 Mountain Workshops, Western Kentucky University, Paducah, KY 2016 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2016 StoryArc Cinematic Journalism Workshop, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2015 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2019 "Photographing the Overdose Crisis," panel presented by United Photo Industries and Open Society Foundations, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography,” panel PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY 2018 "Up Your Insta Game,” workshop Syracuse University, Fall Workshop, Syracuse, NY 2018 "Connecting with Culture,” panel presented by Leica, PhotoVille, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A Celebration of Black Women in Photojournalism,” panel Adorama, New York, NY 2018 "How Should Legacy Media Confront Their Racist Past?" publication News Photographer Magazine 2018 "These Photographers Are Ensuring That Diversity Becomes More Than an Industry Trend,” press, Artsy 2017 "Photographers, Men in Authority, and Sexual Harassment,” press Photo District News 2017 "The Lit List is Recognizing the Photographers the Industry Overlooks.” press Format Magazine 2017 "Playing God in Post,” presentation NPPA Northern Short Course, Fairfax, VA 2016 "Strategies for Sensitive Visual Storytelling,” panel presented by The Photo Brigade, Adorama, New York, NY 2016 "You Do You: Charting Your Course in Photojournalism and Beyond,” presentation Western Kentucky University, Mountain Workshops, Paducah, KY 2015 "RETURNED: Portraits of People Deported to Brava, Cape Verde,” publication University of Oxford, Faculty of Law, Border Criminologies 2015 "The Wretched Face of Forced Immobility,” press University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology
2015 M.S. in Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 2011 B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut