I have always been involved in the visual arts since I was a child. I attended college at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where I studied film and photography. I transferred to NYU film school where I received my BFA. I stayed in New York City after college and worked for an advertising agency in the production end for tv commercials.
I decided to go back to school after being in New York for a decade, to the University of the Arts, to get a degree in graphic design as I wanted to do more hands-on work. I was very happy as a graphic designer for over 20 years but always kept an interest in photography.
Instagram became popular in 2011 and I started using a photography app called Hipstamatic and was constantly shooting and sharing imagery. I entered a few photography contests where my work was shown in galleries in Athens, GA, Miami, FL, Charleston, SC, and San Diego, CA. Eventually I decided I wanted to make a shift from using iPhone apps so I purchased a DSLR camera. I started to meet other local photographers and in 2016 I became a member of a shared studio called The Athens Photography Collective.
I have grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years and in 2020 opened my own studio in the Chase Street Warehouse where I specialize in artistic portraiture. I am constantly dreaming up and planning new shoot ideas to keep my work fresh.
You can find me on Instagram at @wgg_photography (artistic portraits) and @kalyani9 (landscapes and flowers)