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Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, from an early age. I am not that girl. When I was little I thought I’d be an ice skater (for the uniform), then a designer (but I can’t draw), then a lawyer (I’m an accomplished argument starter), but when I entered college I finally had to choose. So I chose two tracks to hedge my bets; pre-med and business. My junior year I decided I didn’t have the drive to do medicine, even though I had the grades, so I graduated with a degree in international business and marketing. I worked a job in sales for 3 years before deciding I was bored and fed up and I found the job I’m in now as a strategist which opened me up to the world of freelancing. I never thought it’d be the life for me, being in business I always saw myself as a 9-5er or business owner. Discovering photography has encouraged me further into this freelance lifestyle. By 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will be freelancers, so why not pursue my many interests and make money at the same time? So what do I want to be when I grow up? Anything I want. I’ll strive to be the best I can be and learn something new every day. For now I am a photographer, strategist, Etsy shop runner, blog writer, wedding planner, and cake baker. I’ll wait to see whatever else the future has in store for me.

  • What’s your favorite food, color, musician & tv show?

Arancini, Purple, Sara Barielles, The Office

  • There are a lot of professions out there, why photography?

I love to capture moments; from the look in a groom’s eyes as he looks at his bride to the crazy faces people make while dancing. Getting to connect with all the different people we take photos of and be apart of creating memories is one of a kind. It’s a very fulfilling job.

  • What’s your morning routine like?

I usually coerce myself into working out, shower and then hop on a call with my team. I work from home for a tech company as a User Experience Designer.

  • If you had to gift just one book, what would be your go to?

This past year I read a dystopian future novel called Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and it made me think a lot and sparked many good conversations.

  • You have a billboard and can write one phrase, what would it be?

Don’t complain, make it better.