Mobile Media Arts Studio
The Analogue Dragon is a mobile media arts studio that specializes in the use of historic and handmade processes. I make portraits with vintage and handmade cameras, photographic prints with hand-coated papers and letterpress postcards with antique presses and lead and wood type.
2017 was the Analogue Dragon’s first year. Using a portable darkroom and vintage film camera, I created black and white street portraits for people at the Hillsdale County Farmers’ Market.
Now all of my portrait sessions include some kind of historic photographic process product such as hand-coated salt prints or large format film photography.
I am a photographic artist and educator specializing in historic photographic and letterpress printmaking processes. I have worked as a professional portrait photographer since 1998. I’m also an instructor of photography for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Online Division serving as adjunct faculty since 2007.
I hold a B.A. in Art from Hillsdale College (1998). I also earned an M.F.A. in Photography (2005) and an M.A. in Arts Administration (2013) both from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
I am married to Christopher Heckel and together we have 4 crazy, creative, and fun loving children. We live in an historic stone farm house near Hillsdale, Michigan with our small flock of Icelandic chickens and dog, Firefly.