Who I am

Hi, I’m Carly - an American fine art photographer, digital artist and educator.

Art, for me, is a thing of passion. It has always been a big part of my life. And fine art photography, after I’ve discovered this new dimension of art, has completely liberated me and transformed my creative vision into the one that sees no boundaries or limits. It allowed me to express myself freely, creatively, and unapologetically.

Teaching fine art photography took me to another level. Seeing other photographers learn how to edit and create evocative digital imagery from scratch and without prior editing knowledge fills me with joy, gratification and a sense of accomplishment.

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WHO YOU ARE

You are a creative soul.

You love capturing a particular moment in time, visually communicating your point of view, and hoping to captivate your audience and evoke an emotion.

You are a photographer who have come to realize that taking a perfect shot is half the job. A true masterpiece is created and perfected upon closer examination of your work in the post-production phase. This is where you see things that you haven’t seen before and where slight enhancements with photo editing techniques create visual stories that move, intrigue and engage your audience.

TRANSFORM YOUR PHOTOS INTO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

My courses are designed to teach photo enthusiasts and professional photographers to transform photos into artistic creations, leveraging principles of fine art photography.

Easy to navigate and follow, I have created step-by-step tutorials that will teach you to digital paint (even if you’ve never touched a brush), professionally edit, and reveal elements of art within your photos.

Master the craftsmanship of photo editing and reimagine the boundaries of untapped creativity by unleashing your inner artist.

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MY JOURNEY

EARLY YEARS

Art has been in my life from the start in different shapes, forms and expressions. In fact, my love affair with art has begun at the tender age of four when I got my first brand new box of 120 Crayola crayons with a sharpener at the back.

My first masterpiece turned our kitchen wall with a dial-up phone into a large-scale drawing done entirely in ink. Non-erasable ink, as I discovered later after my parents demanded to scrub it clean.

Much later, I have traded kitchen walls for more appropriate materials, and dove into fine arts – mostly focusing on oil, acrylic and watercolor painting. I dabbled in ceramics, sculpture and drawing, experimenting and solidifying my love of arts.

FORMAL EDUCATION 

Always feeling that art had some type of power, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. This trained me to help people understand themselves and communicate through imagery. As an Art Therapist I have guided people on their journey to self discovery and help them develop their visual narrative.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY 

Seeing that different forms of art have shaped and evolved me as an artist, I have added photography to my portfolio. Falling quickly and deeply in love with this line of work, I realized that my favorite part of photography was editing. I watched my excitement grow and my skill sharpen, as I learned to transform each photo in the post-production phrase. I began to apply my painting training, turning photos into works of art.

TEACHING 

As my fine art photography career flourished, I identified a growing demand amongst photographers that wanted to master editing skills in digital painting. In response, I have poured my passions of painting, photography, and teaching, into creating the learning hub of resources for photographers all over the world.

GIVING BACK 

I volunteer for Flashes of Hope, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Curriculum Vitae

education

1996- B.S- Art Therapy- Bowling Green State University, OH

1998- M.A.- Art Therapy- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL

publications

2019

Feb – Magazine Feature – Shutter Magazine: Sunset Ride

Feb – Magazine Feature – Shutter Magazine: First Cake

March – Magazine Feature- Shutter Magazine: Autumn Muse

2018

Dec – Magazine Feature – Shutter Magazine: Midnight Train

awards

2019

March- Honorable Mention, Focus Photography Exhibition: Category: 21-49

April- 1st place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Composite

April- 1st place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Boudoir

April- 1st place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Animals

April- 2nd place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Composite

April- 2nd place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Babies & Children

April- 3rd place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Babies & Children

April- 3rd place winner, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Black & White

April- Honorable Mention, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Portrait

April- Honorable Mention, St. Louis Photography Authority: Category: Portrait

speaking

2019

Aug – Clickcon: Chicago, IL

Oct - Missouri Professional Photography Association

upcoming speaking

2020

March - Pro Convention & Trade Show, Lincolnshire, IL

Aug - Clickcon: Chicago, IL

Sept - Pro Convention & Trade Show, Minneapolis, MN

All The Tools You Need To Build A Successful Photography Business

Below are products and companies that I am an ambassador for or sponsored. I select companies I work with very carefully. Not only are they top quality, but the people behind the products are stellar. 

 Litra

​​​Studio Lighting in Your Pocket. The intelligent design of the Litra offers professional photographers & videographers alike a light that is the best in class in LED Technology.

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 3XM

3XM provides photographer's with everything they need to offer top of the line products to their customers. Whether it's a folio box, mats, USBs, gift bags and online galleries. PLUS, 3XM doesn't just sell great products –they also give you the best tips and advice on how to sell them and really grow your photography business.

 

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