Hello! It's so great to meet you! Allow me to introduce myself:
Aside from enjoying photography, I'm also an author, illustrator, and autism/disability advocate with a BA in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University. I was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (PDD-NOS) at age 5—the first in my extended family to be on the spectrum. I'm the author of Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic, What Movies Can Teach Us About Disabilities, 527 Bible Verses About Disabilities, and the illustrator of The Kindergarten Adventures of Amazing Grace: What in the World is Autism? I currently live in Bellevue, Washington with a roommate and my dog, Bella.
My photography journey started in high school when I decided that I wanted to become an officer for my school's drama club, since that was my way of trying to make friends. I ran for the historian position, since the duties for the job as a photographer were similar to my love of art. I ended up getting the role, and bought a point-and-shoot camera for the occasion. I ended up loving it immediately, and everyone commented on how great my pictures were. A year later, I bought my first DSLR camera and the rest is history.
Having autism, I've always felt pretty hurt inside to watch everyone around myself form such strong bonds, so naturally, they never played along that way with me. Taking photos of their activities makes me feel relevant, because I then brought joy to something that would otherwise leave me out, and I love when those very people laugh with those photos, so this job gives me a purpose.