a little about me


To many, I am known as Mandy from my hometown.  I'm a Hoosier, Hautian, New Mexican, New Yorker, Army Veteran and gluten free not by choice.  My homes away from home are Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the high deserts of New Mexico.  I am a minimalist, think the spicier the better, believe in recycle/reuse/rescue and working on my second bucket list.  In my free time I volunteer in Irvington art scene and for various non-profit agencies.  My goal is to achieve perfect happiness, pay it forward and capture all the beautiful things in between.  

For the past decade I have advanced into a organic, candid and cinematic style.  My passion and direction as a photographer is to help promote small businesses and keeping music and art alive in our community.  The majority of my portfolio is promotional purposes for communities such as Indy Metro, Holy Cross, The Pour House, Irvington Historical District and local small businesses.  

My photo education includes Ivy Tech State College of Indiana, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and the Southwest University of Visual Arts in New Mexico.  I earned my B.F.A at the Herron School of Art and Design.  I am currently pursuing my MLD with Saint Mary of the Woods College.

On the side, I am a fine art painter.  One artist sticks out as a strong influence is painter Gerhard Richter, largely due to his case studies of photographs in an abstract approach.  Gerhard integrated his personal experience in his work of art.  I found his photo to painting studies have an indirect underlying story much like what I am advancing toward as a painter.  I love the stark differences from literal photographs to layering oil pigments.  I compartmentalize my ideas equally between the two.  I stretch the ideas of contemporary photography and use my life experiences to make my work stronger; much like Richter.  Other notable artist I love are photographers Paul Strand, Vivian Maier, Henry Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand.  Also painters Philippe de Champaigne, William Edouard Scott and Edouard Monet.