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 and really not having the time to learn, 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. After being on their website for about 30 seconds, I already had my debit card out and was signing up to become a designer. I had no idea what I was doing but knew that this was meant for me. See, I had been looking for a way to continue to be a stay at home mom, but not shoot 30+ weddings a year. And more importantly, I was looking for a way to still have that human interaction and learning and sharing peoples stories. That’s why KEEP Collective is SO perfect for me. Instead of telling stories through photographs, i’m sharing and telling stories through jewelry.