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artist/photographer/traveller/ newyorker/anglophile/doglover

Hi & thank you for looking at my site! Here's a little bit about me...

I grew up in rural Kentucky listening to my Grandpa's stories of his WWII travels, reading old copies of National Geographic and dreaming of becoming a photographer. I was the first college graduate in my family, earning a BFA & an MFA and studying in Italy before moving to New York City to pursue a career.  

It took a lot of years of hustling to get here! I hauled gear up mountains for LLBean and across sandy beaches for ToysRUs. I shot castings of crying babies and spent countless long days on set. I met famous people (not as tall as they look) and shared food that graced the cover of Bon Appetit with my friends.

While assisting, I shot a portfolio that allowed me to start shooting travel essays for airlines. Then I began shooting beautiful homes, gardens and food for magazines. My client base grew to include The City of New York, Canon USA, Macy's and many others. I have been lucky to travel to all fifty states and over 30 countries to shoot. 

The images you see on this site were shot for both clients and personal projects throughout my career. Many were shot with traditional film and toy cameras. I also enjoy combining digital files with layers of paint to enhance the magic of the image. My images are in corporate & private collections worldwide as well as in the United States Library of Congress.

I live in Manhattan with my English husband and rescue mutt and am using quarantine to make new art. Like everyone else, I dream of a world safe for travel. I look forward to waking up in a foreign city, going out with a camera at dawn and seeing where the day takes me.

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Portrait by Brie Passano Photography