I have been a professional photographer since 1989. Growing up in Northeast Mississippi, I've had a camera in my hand since I was 6 years old, thanks to my Dad, who was the family photographer.
I went to work for the Starkville Daily News as a photographer when I was a student at Mississippi State University and was a student editor for the Alumnus Magazine. After two years I changed my major from business to photojournalism and transfered to University of Southern Mississippi where I graduated in 1993 under the excellent supervision of Professor Ed Wheeler, former head photographer for the Dallas Morning News and known Documentary Photographer. I also freelanced for the Hattiesburg American and the Associated Press.
After graduation, I went to work for the Northeast Mississippi Community Newspaper Group and was head photographer for their 5 weekly newspapers -the Aberdeen Examiner, the Amory Advertiser, The Itawamba Times, The Pontotoc Progress and The Baldwyn News. My home base was in Aberdeen. After 4 years of award winning photography, writing, layout and design I was made Editor & Publisher of The Baldwyn News.
After 2 years in Baldwyn, I was offered a position in Atlanta with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority as their Publications Editor. I oversaw 4 quarterly publications covering the East Coast's largest convention center - the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. During my tenure with the GWCCA I was priveleged to help host and photograph from the sidelines the XXXIV Superbowl between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans.
In February 2001, just a few months prior to 9-11, I joined the United States Senate Photographic Services Department where I stayed for 8 years before briefly moving to the House Energy & Commerce Committee as their committee photographer and web manager. I had been gradually moving into more art photography than photojournalism and officially made that move in 2006 when I had a digital SLR converted to infrared and fell in love with the process and the stylistic beauty of that niche photography.
In March 2009, I decided to make a career change and became a real estate agent, licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, while still working on my art photography business.
In May 2008 I became a Mom to Cameron Lee Putz and my second daughter, Shelby Madison Putz, was born in January 2011. I have been very happily married to Scott Putz, originally of Old Hickory, Tennessee, since September 25, 2004. We currently reside in Knoxville, Maryland in a 250+-year-old stone farmhouse where we have converted the stone foundation of the very first A.M.E. church in Maryland with a cornerstone dated 1872, that is still in our yard, into a red rasberry patch and love having dirt to grow food in!
I have a line of postcards and posters of my infrared images that I am currently shopping to DC area giftshops. Please contact me for any of your photographic needs or if you are interested in licensing any of my images or carrying my images in your shop.
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