about Me


 
 
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About Me?

If you know me at all, or have gone through my website, you will know I am all about being true to yourself and breaking out of the traditional boundaries. Therefore, my about me when all said and done isn't just about me at all, it's about the journey I think a lot of us are on or looking for. 

 

 

 

In The Beginning

So of course, I need to start with the normal "when I was a kid growing up in the burbs of Detroit, I loved taking pictures," which of course I did, but my story is a little more than that, it's more about the way that finding photography filled a void in my life at a time when I was searching for something? At the time, I wasn't even sure what that something was! 

 
 obviously In april of 1972 I had the trendy specs And a sweet ride to get around on, but clearly i was making a point to my parents that what i really needed was my first camera to go with it!

obviously In april of 1972 I had the trendy specs And a sweet ride to get around on, but clearly i was making a point to my parents that what i really needed was my first camera to go with it!

 

 
 
 Yes, this is what i considered cool and cutting edge. my hair changed colors regularly, and the mohawk with woodstock Earrings were a nice touch. 

Yes, this is what i considered cool and cutting edge. my hair changed colors regularly, and the mohawk with woodstock Earrings were a nice touch. 

Breaking Boundaries

As far as my childhood goes, my family moved a lot when I was younger. It seemed like as soon as a place felt like home, we moved again. We had moved from Detroit to Kentucky, (which I loved), and then when I was in junior high we moved to Westlake, Ohio.  Let's face it, junior high is not the easiest time to be moving to a new place. Heading into high school I felt the need to reinvent myself and it was then that I became a bit of a rebel. I never took anything in life too seriously (and may or may not have had way too much fun). I went against the grain and didn't want to look and be like everyone else. As you can see by the pics on the left, I was on the cutting edge of style and was thinking I was pretty cool, lol. If I had to sum it up, I guess I was a punk girl with a hippie soul. My first year after high school I attended Virginia Marti College of Fashion & Art, but for some reason, decided I would make a great dog trainer and quit art school. I went on to train dogs for a couple of years and then went on to become a Veterinarian Technician. 

 

 

Finding Meaning

Soon after becoming a vet tech I got married and we started our family (2 girls & 2 boys). I knew from the start that I couldn't be away from them, so I took on the new role of stay-at-home mom. This was by far the best and most meaningful thing that I had ever done! As my kids started to grow older and were needing me less, I started to realize there was a void forming in my life. I began to realize that as mothers, we tend to tuck away little pieces of ourselves over time. We often do this without even realizing it. When our children are young they become our #1 priority and we keep them in the forefront of all that we do. Then one day, when they become more independent and we have this newfound time on our hands, we say, "wait a minute, who was I before I was a mom?" I felt this impending sadness creeping in and struggled within myself to try to figure out exactly what was missing. After much soul searching, I finally found some clarity. 

 
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 This image will always be special to me as it was the first photo that i considered worthy of entering into a competition. This image ended up winning first place in that competition and was also chosen to be auctioned at the cleveland museum of art's annual fundraiser. It was pivotal in giving me the confidence i needed to start studio z.

This image will always be special to me as it was the first photo that i considered worthy of entering into a competition. This image ended up winning first place in that competition and was also chosen to be auctioned at the cleveland museum of art's annual fundraiser. It was pivotal in giving me the confidence i needed to start studio z.

Filling The Void

I came to the realization that I had lost the artistic part of myself, and it was then that I decided to explore the possibility of getting back into photography. I took a digital photography class with the Cleveland Photographic society with just the thought of it being a hobby. I joined their club and started to get more involved by entering competitions and having photos exhibited in various exhibits. I started to feel the connection I had with it years ago. I ended up meeting a few professional photographers and it started to become clear that this was the path I was looking for. 

 

 

Studio Z Is Born

Finding the solution to "my void" was the emotional part, deciding to start Studio Z was the frightening part. Having the confidence to walk away from the safety of a reliable day job, and believing I had what it takes to start up and successfully run a business, was a bit like jumping off a cliff. Luckily, I had a good feeling and knew in my heart that it was worth jumping for, so with the support of my family behind me, that's exactly what I did. As Studio Z started to evolve, I quickly discovered my love was in working with high school seniors and teens. Why did this age group resonate so much with me? First of all, I think my "inner self" is actually still this age so it's perfect, lol! But also, it involves going back to my own past experiences of feeling insecure, worrying about fitting in, and finding my confidence in high school by shedding the doubts and fears I had about being myself and allowing the real me to stand out. To me Studio Z is more than just taking pictures. The true meaning in this is being able to at least contribute to helping seniors and teens learn to find their confidence, and to embrace their differences along with all of the amazing things that make them unique. I want to help them see that they are all beautiful, strong, and that it's empowering to be themselves.

     "Being fearless isn't being 100% not fearful, it's being terrified but you jump anyway,"                                                                                                           ~ Taylor Swift  

 
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