Jessie is an Atlanta native, graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2008, where she studied photography, digital media, with a “side” of drawing. In 2011, she attended The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Last year, she returned to The Aegean Center for a brief residency.
Jessie began shooting in 2006, while in college, when she documented her mother’s struggle with a malignant brain tumor. The diagnosis handicapped her entirely. Jessie used these images to bring understanding about the reality of the situation to outsiders. Her early experiences with the power of photography led to her ambition today to reveal the stories of others in difficult situations, as it's a human need to be heard and understood.
In Spring 2016, Jessie went to Soran, Iraqi Kurdistan to work for Hear the Cry, a non-profit. There, she documented the locals and the work of The Refuge Initiative, a division of World Orphans, that aids internationally displaced people and refugees in the region. In May 2017, she is returning to Iraq to continue her work with The Refuge Initiative.