b. 1985, USA. Jessie is an Atlanta native.
She graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2008. In 2011, she attended The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. In 2016 she returned to The Aegean Center for a brief residency.
Jessie began shooting in 2006 during college, the same year her mother’s brain tumor recurred, which caused extreme physical handicaps and hinderances in communication and mental awareness. Unprompted, Jessie began documenting her parents' struggle that continued a further seven years. Quickly she understood the camera’s power to explain people, places, stories, and struggles—that it can bring justice or give a voice to the unheard.
That is why she has continued shooting since 2006—and why today she has a particular interest in documenting the marginalized, the displaced, and the post-trauma stories of those who are kind enough to let her into their lives.
In 2016 and 2017 Jessie lived in Iraqi Kurdistan as a freelance photojournalist and worked with a charity organization documenting aid to the region's displaced.
In spring of 2018 Jessie drove from San Francisco to New York City to photograph the project, American Journeys, with journalist and writer, Katy Long, telling stories of a nation of immigrants. Katy is at work now writing a book now—stay tuned! To learn more, visit the Overseas Development Institute blog here.
Jessie began working in Communications for Anglican Church in June 2018. In March 2019, she transitioned into a full-time role with the Anglican Church in North America and the Global Anglican Future (Gafcon). #dreamteam