I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lived there until the age of 6 when my mother relocated us to Cable, Wisconsin to provide a better education for me. I attended the elementary schools in Cable and Drummond before progressing to Drummond Jr. and Sr. High Schools. I graduated with Honors from High School. After graduation, I left for the United States Army. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Army; the majority of the time spent on Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a Chaplain Assistant assigned to the U. S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. After my enlistment, I became a government contractor for a short period of time. In 2000 I began pursuing my degree full-time at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). Utilizing my Montgomery G.I. Bill to its fullest extent; I earned two associate degrees: an Associate of Arts in International Studies and an Associate of Science in General Studies. I was honored several times throughout my academic career for making the Deans list, I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002.
During the time that I attended Northern Virginia Community College I first began to seriously develop my love of photography. I had a few cameras when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until the Early 2000's that I purchased my first Film SLR, a Nikon N80, and took a wonderful class in photography taught at NVCC. After that class ignited the creative fire within me; I took pictures whenever I could. Over time I developed my skills in the techniques of composition, exposure, and flash.
I purchased my first Digital SLR, a Nikon D200 in February of 2007. I then proceeded to purchase a couple additional lenses, a Nikon SB-800 flash and several other accessories. As I continued to take pictures and edit photos my skills grew and I took pictures of family and friends in their daily lives, as well as portraits. I took a hiatus from serious photography for several months after mty D200 had an unfortunate accident and my computer crashed.
Soon, however, I was unable to contain my passion for photography and made a purchase of a new Nikon D3000. I ams using that camera and a Nikon SB-600 for many of my photos. In order to further my dreams I started MeKamala Photography. I am in the process of building/developing my professional portfolio.
Here are a few biographical tidbits:
Birthday: February 2
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Dragon
Eye Color: Blueish-Green
Hair color: Light-Medium Golden Brown (Thank you Miss Clairol) LOL
Hairstyle: Medium-Long, Naturally Curly
Skin color: Ivory
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Favourite genre of music: Don't have a favorite - Listen to everything except hard-core gangster rap and speed metal.
Favorite Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes
Favorite Actress - Past: Marilyn Monroe
Favorite Actress - Modern: Emily Deschanel
Favorite Actor - Past: Andy Griffith
Favorite Actor - Modern: Antonio Banderas
I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Never, never, never give up.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
~~~ Sir Winston Churchill