2018 USC Breakthrough Stars

Last spring, I interviewed three University of South Carolina professors who were being recognized for their scholarly excellence and wrote profile pieces to be featured in print publications and on the University of South Carolina website. Mohammed Baalousha was recognized with a Breakthrough Star award for nanotechnology research Invisible power: The impact of engineered nanoparticles on the…

Hard Candy Christmas Video with Jade Janay Blocker

This was an exciting collaboration that brought together some of my favorite artists and organizations. During the time I was writer and photo editor for a regional Southern publication, they were running a video series called, “Southern Cover Girl.” For the series, Southern indie artists were chosen to perform songs by Southern women. I invited…

Carolina Q: The War Mouth & Buxton Hall

Pit-cooking a hog requires a lot of dedication. At its most basic, it is a culinary craft that takes several days. The actual process of cooking the meat can take 7-15 hours, depending on the size of the fire and the size of the animal. To begin, an oven is built into the earth by…

The Bridal Designs of Alexis Doktor

If you have ever attended a Columbia City Ballet performance, you are already acquainted with Alexis Doktor’s work. As costume designer for Columbia, South Carolina’s premiere ballet company, she is responsible for every seam and sequin that jetes across the Koger Center stage. Doktor is a woman of many talents with an innate eye for…

Empowered Women: Halloween Portraits

  Frida Kahlo Frida turned her personal struggles into art and painted life with an unflinching eye upon herself and an unfailing allegiance to the colors, symbols and indigenous culture of her beautiful Mexico. She was such a bold and unique woman who seemed to embrace life with ardor, even when it was severely unkind to her….

Girls Rock Columbia: Sisterhood is powerful

Girls Rock Columbia launched in the summer of 2013. A mentoring program, GRC uses music as a tool to empower girls and trans* youth through activities that foster self-respect, leadership, creativity and collaboration. As part of the curriculum, I taught a photography workshop for the first two years. In 2015, I served the board of directors as…

Those Lavender Whales

Those Lavender Whales are a band living and working in Columbia, SC. We recently shared an afternoon and made some fun image for you to enjoy.        

Stefanie Santana

Promotional images taken for singer-songwriter Stefanie Bannister, who also goes by the name Stefanie Santana. One of these images ran in Charleston City Paper. Photos were taken at the site of a car dealership that had gone out of business. We had fun experimenting with lines and reflections.

To see the fireflies

It occurred to me all of a sudden that I wasn’t going to last outside all night. My husband was feeding a fire with branches he found on the ground. Our son shadowed him, really getting into it. I had been hiding inside the tent from the constant assault of flying insects since we got to…

It isn’t all Barbados, bikinis and body shots

I really didn’t even feel weird about having no plans for Spring Break. It’s never ranked high on my list of holidays. When I go to the beach, I prefer the sound of surf to a noisy house band in a joint with sticky floors. I wear one-pieces. I take library books. On our last…

Making Tintypes: Magic and Science

The smell of ether is sharp, sweetish, acidic and strangely sensual. The darkroom had been improvised from a closet  at the Morris Museum of Art. Since the process is not as sensitive as conventional methods, the room wasn’t completely light tight. I pulled the dark curtain across the cracks of light escaping through the door…

Living Room Sessions

The Living Room Sessions was an early collaboration with Stylist Ashley Gunter. We were building a body of work and honing our skills using modest resources and shooting in our friends’ homes. I’m still proud of our resourcefulness and creativity. AUGUST This was our first session OCTOBER This shoot was inspired by B-movies. *Cross-stitching images…