I was born and raised in a small town in Indiana and still live in the same neighborhood as I did in 1983. As a young child I was always fascinated with anything that had to do with being creative. I would sit at the kitchen table for hours drawing and coloring. Art class was always my favorite subject in school and I was always the “creative one”. Once high school ended I stepped into the work force not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I never thought of using my creativity for a career…I always just thought of it as a hobby and never really gave it a second thought.
In 2007 I started playing around with the idea of using my creativity in ways that others could experience from it and the idea of wanting to become a photographer was born. I didn’t really know where to go from there but I started researching it online and trying to soak in as much information as I could. After not being able to afford a decent camera I put the photographer idea on the back burner and just continued to hope one day it would happen.
In 2008 something horrible and amazing happened all at the same time. I was laid off from my job four days after returning from our honeymoon and one day before my 25th birthday. Was it a sign? Of course! After a few tears I knew it was a blessing in disguise. I quickly picked myself up and started my journey of becoming a photographer.
On May 4th, 2015, 8 weeks after giving birth to our second child, I found Keep Collective. It was late at night and if you’ve ever had a two year old and two month old at the same time, then you know there is no sleeping at all. haha So, I was up late on Facebook and scrolling around and all of a sudden it said a friend had liked “Keep Collective.” I could tell it was bracelets, but that was really all I could see in the tiny thumbnail, so I clicked on it and checked out their Facebook page. If you look at pictures of me from years and years ago, you’ll see I always had a stack of bracelets on. So, of course, the bracelets caught my eye. ****to be continued***