My Story

Hi! My name is Shay.

I’m a photographer, painter, entrepreneur and brand building guru. I currently live in Austin, Texas with my husband, Jason, and fur child, Hunter. I’m an aquarius spirit, I have a passion for adventure and love living a colorful life!


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1988

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan.

1994

  • Started my first business - sold coloring book pages on the playground for a quarter so I could buy crystals from the discovery store at the mall.

1997

  • Set up a booth at the Detroit Festival of Arts and sold my handmade hemp necklaces. Made $250 and purchased a fancy coloring pencil set.

1999

  • Dad gifted me his vintage Fujica Camera. (Still one of my favorite cameras). Began taking photos around the house, mostly of my brother Conrad, who’s now a model. I like to think I trained him :)

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2003

  • Sold my first large scale painting. Started selling paintings regularly. Saved for a flight to Europe.

2004

  • Went to London + Paris with friends.

2006

  • Won the Oakland County’s International Leadership Award at the ‘Going Global’ Conference.

  • Accepted to the University of Michigan’s school of Art + Design.

  • Traveled with a friend to Italy and the Netherlands for our senior spring break.

2007

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2008

  • Spent a month in Kenya documenting the need for clean and safe drinking water for the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative.

  • Awarded the Kelly McKinnell Travel Scholarship.

  • Granted $10,000 in funding from the University of Michigan International Center to travel back to East Africa.

  • Promoted as the Photography Editor of the Michigan Daily Newspaper.

  • Photographed my first wedding, the images were picked up by Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine. Grew my photography company almost overnight!



2009

2010

  • Graduated from the University of Michigan’s school of Art + Design with a focus in Photography and Painting.

  • Hired to photograph the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in NYC. Photographed Obama, Ashton Kutcher, Brad Bitt, Bono, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba and 126 world leaders.

  • My photographs of women at water wells in Kenya was featured on a billboard in times square.

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2011

2012

2013

  • Landed a job as a Visual Merchandiser at Anthropologie.

  • Took a road trip from Austin to San Fran with zero plans.

  • Bought a one way ticket to an Ashram in India. Traveled throughout Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia for a few months on less than $2,000.

 

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5 ways to travel the world for free

I created a guide to share my insider tricks on traveling the world for little to no money!


 
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2014

2015

2016

  • Spent the year living in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

  • Acquired Strolby.com, a Brooklyn based e-commerce marketplace.

  • Attended the United State of Women Conference at the White House hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama.

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2017

2018


COMING SOON!

Launching in 2019 + 2020

 
 
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My husband’s essential oil candle + cologne brand.


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A yoga lifestyle brand for the modern hippie.


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Freebies

Digital Downloads

I love sharing tips and tricks to make running a business and living a creative life more accessible! Check out my free resources from ‘Traveling the World for Free’ - a guide to seeing the world on a budget, to ‘Brain Food’ - a 3 day raw food cleanse to optimize your body, mind and spirit.


 
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