Some of my highlights
When photographing for clients, I feel it’s important for me to have a full understanding of the essence of their business, product or performance. This allows me to get in their mind space while photographing so that the end result is an alchemy of my vision with their vibe.
Growing up surrounded by a family of artists, I learned early on to view the world through an artistic lens. My father, a noted special effects make up artist for film and television, taught me via example to pursue my own creative self. He introduced me to sculpture which developed my keen sense of shape, shadows and contours.
During college, I began pursuing a career in front of the camera as an actress. After college, I moved to Chicago to hone my acting skills – this may seem like a backwards move, but Chicago is an actor’s town and I was able to land top agents, join the Screen Actors Guild and act on stage and screen. Through this process, I learned how to use the light while in front of the camera.
While running JKAT, I discovered that I really enjoyed shooting the product photos of my jewelry. I’d dabbled in film photography over the years and fell in love with the mystique of capturing shapes, shadows and mood in a lens. Over time, this passion grew until I felt it was time to shift into a new career…photographer.
I am an avid music lover. The process of making it, the feelings it evokes, and the healing it can provide are some of the reasons that one of my passions is photographing live performances.
I have worked on a few films, creating special make up effects alongside my extraordinarily talented father and brother. Some films I’ve worked on are: “Angels & Demons”, “Dead Presidents”, and “Backdraft”.