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I have two passions in life: photography and making connections with people. These two processes intertwine in the most seductive way to create a utopian realm of harmony. In my opinion, art is one of the most powerful ways one can expand his or her mind, creativity, language, and identity. When composing life's most meaningful moments, I like to explore the unconventional ways of representing the conventional; extraordinary views of the ordinary. I like to take nothing and turn it into something; show the beauty in a world unknown. It is important that we all know it is okay to take risks; it is fine to explore beyond the norm; it is good to think outside the box.
I have over 7 years of experience with professional photography, and I currently teach Digital Photography at the high school level. My work has been featured in Saint Xavier University's literary magazine two years in a row, and it has also been featured in various photography shows around the Chicagoland area. I was awarded "Best Concept/Arrangement" in the Beverly Arts Center Digital Photography Exhibition and Contest for 2010, and won 2nd Place in the same contest in 2013. Instructionally, some of my students have gone on to enter (and place) in various region competitions. I had a student win a National Scholastic Art award in my first year of teaching. I love meeting new people and spreading my knowledge in hope of a better understanding of photography. I have taught many different people from the ages of 8 to older adults, and I am confident that I will be able to help and inspire your photography skills to take flight from whatever level they currently stand.
I have a state certification to teach art at the secondary level; this includes Adobe Photoshop. I have taken Digital Photography, Digital Darkroom, Advanced Photography, and two semesters of Independent Study which I used to further strengthen my photography skills. In each of these classes we worked with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, both of which I have a strong understanding of editing in each program. I instructed two photography sections at Rich South High School during the Fall Semester of 2010, in which I taught at least two Photoshop lessons per week in addition to teaching two lab days of Photoshop a week. I am currently involved in freelancing and exhibiting personal work, therefore I am constantly using the Photoshop program.
I have over 7 years of experience with professional photography. I have taken the following classes: Photography I, Digital Photography, Photography II, Digital DarkRoom, Advanced Photography, and two semesters of Independent Study where I continued to develop my photography skills. My work has been featured in Saint Xavier University's literary magazine two years in a row, and it has also been featured in various photography shows around the Chicagoland area. I was awarded "Best Concept/Arrangement" in the Beverly Arts Center Digital Photography Exhibition and Contest for 2010, and I won 2nd Place in the same contest in 2013. I founded and wrote the curriculum for the Digital Photography program at Aurora Central Catholic High School in 2012; within my first year teaching the program, one of my students won a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his photography. I am most familiar with Canon or Nikon models, but I am comfortable teaching the use of other cameras, as well.
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