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Portfolio

Please enjoy the selected projects that I've chosen to represent my interests, expertise, and talent as a freelance creative! Here, you will find sections specific to my work -in both writing and photography- with specific magazines, large-scale projects, and websites I've designed.


 
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Writing, Photography & Modeling

Kansas Magazine is published annually, through Kansas' predominant Sunflower Publishing. As a contributor for several of their regional and state-wide magazines, being chosen as a contributor for this year's KWM was the cherry on top of a wonderful year. In the 2018 issue, you'll find two feature stories I've written, the wedding registry where two weddings I've photographed are featured, and a piece on bridal dresses I modeled for. 


Written Contributions to KWM:

"To Have And To Hold" is a section of features in KWM that I've written. There are two married couples that were chosen for their unique love stories that have taken place in Kansas, and are shared for their inspiration for brides (and grooms) to be! 

While KWM hasn't been released on issuu.com yet, you can pick up a copy or order one online by going to sunflowerpub.com. I've taken photos and displayed them below as a record of my work, to show each story I've written for this section; one on "Kayla and Logan Walker," and the other on "Kelly and Troy Henningson." 

 


Photography Contributions to KWM:

This year I am fortunate enough to have had two of my brides included in the wedding register! Below, you can see a small gallery of photos of each couple that were used in the final copy of their announcement. It's a dream of mine to have photography in a wedding magazine. Being the photographer behind each of these weddings was so much fun! 

 

Modeling for KWM:

I have never modeled in my life until this opportunity. Fortunately, I have been the one directing models before -I'm usually the person behind the camera- so those skills helped me in front of it this time. My photos occur in the "One Of A Kind" section that gives brides a sense of alternative bridal wear. Modeling the vintage, hand-made gowns and hand-foraged turquoise pieces changed my perspective of the wedding industry and I hope these photos do the same for you. 

Blogging for Unmistakably Lawrence


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I've had the opportunity to write for eXplore Lawrence's Unmistakably Lawrence  brand for a year (and I'm on my way to make it two!) As the chief live music blogger, I have the incredible opportunity to provide the state of Kansas with a monthly post of concerts happening in Lawrence, Kansas. Each month, I research musicians coming to each of Lawrence's infamous music venues and create a short synopsis for readers who frequent the explorelawrence.com website. 

As a blogger and copy writer, this is one of my most prized contracts. Before I was a writer, I was a musician, so being able to write about music is a dream. Plus, it's fun! Blogging for Unmistakably Lawrence has given me the freedom to show my personality and draw in readers while educating them on that month's live music scene. 

Please visit this link to see all the live music posts I've written. 

 

Blogging for The Celebration Society


The Celebration Society is an online resource for those looking to get married. They publish several wedding magazines and host an online blog that is similar to The Knot. Furthermore, The Celebration Society is an exclusive way to access elegant venues, top-rated florists, and a whole bevy of wedding industry professionals. I was hired to write for the blog since I am both a wedding photographer and a writer! 

Writing for The Celebration Society was a big step in my career as a freelancer. I remember preparing extensively for the interview after working for hours and hours on presenting 7 different story pitches. As a wedding photographer as well, this was a big opportunity for me to expand the narrative side of what I do!

Being a wedding photographer and working with other industry professionals has given me the experience to write helpful advice for soon-to-be brides. This post was specifically geared to inform and educate those looking for a picture-perfect wedding day.

THE question I wish to answer for everyone who mentions how much photos cost for a wedding. This post answers most of it, but I could have written for hours on the topic. Yes, photography is expensive, but it's important for you to know why. 

Project: Mural Apprentice & Writer


 
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Baldwin City's First Muralist Team

Baldwin City is known for its maple leaves. We even have a Maple Leaf Festival every October to celebrate the beauty they bring each fall. In the design process for the first outside mural, we researched the origin stories of how these leaves came to town. 

When I first heard about this project through being involved with the Chamber of Commerce, I decided to apply. I was chosen as a lead artist apprentice for the duration of the project, to see it through to completion and organize design, logistics and community. I worked alongside mural artist, Dave Loewenstein

To become a lead mural apprentice, I had to go through an application process. I was chosen as the lead mural apprentice to help direct the two other apprentices, Alana and Ellen, who represented the age groups in junior high and high school. The mural program was kicked off by this first mural, with the idea that other murals would be completed around Baldwin City (and have been since the time of this first mural's completion). It was my joy to collaborate with such talented individuals, to hear the community and their ideas, and to write about it all during the process. In addition to writing Facebook updates for the community page, I wrote a series of poems that influenced the direction of the project. -This was completely unplanned, but one of the most rewarding things -to be embraced by the community, to have my writing influence a huge, permanent mural. I feel like a piece of me will always be there, in Baldwin City, like I've made one last fingerprint on the place I called home most of my life. It was extremely rewarding to come together with so many people of the community, to get to know them, to draw closer to each other throughout the entire process. 

 
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First Outside Mural In Baldwin City, KS 

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The sloping feather-like designs on either side of the fountain are maple seed pods. Each tells a story of the hopes we've built on the history of our community. To me, the most important design element is the connected pair of pods, in lime green, on the base of the fountain. Maple seed pods are connected at the base and they spin as they fall off the trees. Together, they balance each other so they can fly. Two seeds together are stronger than one by itself. -This is the essence of this community mural: together, we are better. 

 
 

Published in Baldwin City Living Magazine

Please find links to the pieces -both written and photographed- that I've contributed to Baldwin City Living Mag. 


Fall & Winter 2017 Issue

 
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This is the second cover story I landed for Baldwin City Living Magazine. The story is actually called, "From Alpacas To Angoras," which features local luxury fiber farms in Baldwin City, Kansas. In this farm series, I got to visit two farms, spend part of the day helping and getting to know the animals/owners. Through this process, I got kissed by a couple Alpacas and documented one of the furriest rabbits I've ever felt. 

 

Spring & Summer 2017 Issue

 
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This was the first story I'd ever written that ended up on the cover of a magazine. It was a wonderful moment of humility for me; I was in awe. "Baldwin's Got The Blues," was a very challenging story to write. It was a story of struggle for the need of community support. -This was hard to write in a way that wouldn't be patronizing to either the team or the public. Communicating the story of need was a tough but rewarding process. 

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Photos for "In Memoriam"

This is a small photo essay covering the chainsaw artists that create works of art out of dead trees in cemeteries around the US.

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Feature Story: "Volunteer Effort"

A feature piece about the Midland Railway and volunteers that run it. 

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Feature Story: "Baldwin's Got The Blues"

A feature piece about a community baseball team that competes nationally and gives college students the chance to make it big.

 Meade State Park, KS

Meade State Park, KS

 Hillsdale State Park, KS

Hillsdale State Park, KS

 Hillsdale State Park, KS

Hillsdale State Park, KS

 Prairie Spirit Trail, KS

Prairie Spirit Trail, KS

 Hillsdale State Park, KS

Hillsdale State Park, KS

 Crawford State Park, KS

Crawford State Park, KS

 Cross Timbers State Park, KS

Cross Timbers State Park, KS

 Meade State Park, KS

Meade State Park, KS

 Prairie Spirit Trail, Ottawa, KS

Prairie Spirit Trail, Ottawa, KS

 Flint Hills Nature Trail Views, KS

Flint Hills Nature Trail Views, KS

 Cross Timbers State Park, KS

Cross Timbers State Park, KS

 Meade State Park, KS

Meade State Park, KS

 Meade State Park, KS

Meade State Park, KS