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!
Born in Detroit, Michigan.
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.
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.
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 :)
Sold my first large scale painting. Started selling paintings regularly. Saved for a flight to Europe.
Went to London + Paris with friends.
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.
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!
Produced and photographed a month long documentary in Tanzania and Zanzibar, focusing on preventable blindness for Standard Chartered bank, in partnership with the Cliton Global Initiative.
Spent 2 months in Austin, Texas working for the documentary company, Students of the World.
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.
Sent on an assignment to cover the aftermath of the earthquakes in Haiti for the organization Un Techno Para Mi Pais.
Won the CIEE’s international blogging contest and awarded an all expense paid trip to Spain, Morocco, Botswana, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Chile.
Sent on a photography assignment for the Little Stones Documentary in India. Got deported as my visa was expired. Quickly learned that India uses the British date system (I got the month and date backwards). Under arrest for 24 hours.
Went camping in the Big Sur, CA.
Went back to India (with the correct visa) to design a limited edition collection of fair trade rugs and pillows for bunglo.
Named Bloomingdales’ ‘Newest Designer in Home Decor’.
Traveled to Guatemala to document stories for Noonday Collection.
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.
Eloped in Thailand and married the love of my life.
Took a cross country road trip with my husband.