JILL OF ALL TRADES, MASTER OF… A FEW?
I was born in Bethesda, Maryland with amblyopia, meaning the vision in one of my eyes is so poor that my brain turns it off, so to speak. At my first vision test when I was 3, I was to look at an eye chart containing covered wagons and inform the doctor which direction they were facing. Because of my condition, I could not see past the 3rd row, but I did realize that a pattern emerged. I recited the directional pattern all the way to the last row, where the doctor was pleased to diagnose me with 20/20 vision. It took us 3 more years to discover my vision is bunk. My mom loves this story.
We moved to Austin, Texas when I was 5 years old. You’d think that would be long enough to call myself a Texas native, but I digress.
VENI VEDI VELCRO: I CAME I SAW I STUCK AROUND
As I started learning to play Jewel and the Star Wars Original Trilogy Soundtrack on the piano at age 7, my mom encouraged me to audition for the Austin Girls’ Choir so that I could stop reenacting the cantina scene from Return of the Jedi in our living room. I toured with the Austin Girls’ Choir from age 8-11, traveling to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic to sing in really dope old castles.
After a healthy prepubescent diet of pasta and The Wonder Years, I enrolled in Paragon Preparatory Middle School in 2000. I was a goalie on the soccer team, as well as a member of the Latin Club, but Latin Club came first and you should know that any school that prioritizes the Latin Club over their soccer team ain’t winning any soccer trophies.
MOST LIKELY TO REGRET A LOT OF STYLE CHOICES
In 2003 I entered Westlake High School where I studied calculus, photo-journalism, creative writing and speech. I also met my husband in High School, but those other things were way more formative, to be honest.
I was captain of the Forensics team, which has nothing to do with scanning crime scenes and everything to do with competing in acting competitions across the country. I placed 7th in Poetry Interpretation at a UT National Tournament and went to Regionals as a lead in our UIL One-Act-Play.
FUCK EM UP FUCK EM UP GO CU
I enrolled in the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2007, concentrating in Advertising with an emphasis in creative writing. I was selected to be in the advertising “creative track” for the class of 2011. After a variety of graphic design internships, I realized I’m just not very good at it. I switched my focus to creative direction, where I found skills and passion. I took 2 years of Italian because I guess I just wanted to lower my GPA I bit? I loved college - studying Russian Fairy Tales and Native American Religious Traditions and Myths and Realities of the American West and a ton of things that blew my damn mind, to be honest.
What a world we’ve got, y’all. What a world.
After moving back to the Live Mosquito Capital of the World (hey Austin what’s up bb) in 2012, I took my baking hobby professionally, working as a bread and pastry baker.
In the summer of 2013, my bff Laura McNairy and I took a road trip to Telluride, Colorado. Whilst on the road, aided by Red Bull-inspired enthusiasm, I brought up an idea that I had. The month before, I’d come into a wealth of old nudie mags from a shuttering used book store in Denver, Colorado. While scanning them, I thought Damn - these are actually super rad and Okay - it’s a longstanding joke but these articles are actually amazing and Man - I think I could do this. And Peach Fuzz was born. We’ve produced over 20 magazines, with over 80 photo editorials. We’ve travelled all over the country and met some incredible people - all the while being a two-woman team.
MY SATURN RETURN
As my transformation into the feminist Hugh Hefner was just beginning, as I hung up the towel on making vegan cornbread for a certain local hippy food co-op, the head chef at Justine’s Brasserie drunkenly asked if I’d like to consider creating dessert specials for fine dining (don’t tell him I said that).
And so that’s what I do currently, when I’m not photographing naked people, or clothed people, or organizing events, or making wedding cakes, or reading lots and lots of Ruth Reichl.