About Me

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Hi, I’m Liam, 14 and currently navigating the exciting world of 8th grade. Originally hailing from Minnesota, I’ve called Bowling Green, KY home for over 6 years now. Photography has been my passion from the get-go, starting with Fisher Price and disposable cameras.

Being a self-taught artist, I’ve found my niche in capturing the elegance of birds, showcasing my love for wildlife photography. Over the past year, I’ve broadened my skills, delving into landscapes, flowers, and classic cars.

Equipped with my mom’s Canon Rebel T6 and a Sigma 150-600mm lens, I’ve embarked on countless adventures. From day trips to Land Between the Lakes to Smoky Mountains bear hunts, or simply strolling through the neighborhood, some of my best shots have come from my own backyard.

Photography, for me, is a calming escape from anxiety and tics (I have gross motor and verbal tics). Except when chasing animals – that’s just exhilarating. My parents have noticed the transformation; I become calm and confident with a camera in hand, the smile on my face revealing the joy of capturing the perfect shot.

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Sharing my work with the world, I’ve participated in local exhibits with Artworks, Inc., earning a spot in a juried exhibit at the Janice Mason Art Museum and winning the “Janice Mason Art Museum Award.” In summer 2023, I had the honor of a solo exhibit at the Downing Museum, featuring over 20 framed prints.

Local businesses like The Pie Queen and The Cake Shop, GypsyMoon Marketplace, Cabells Iron Nutrition, and R3 Wellness Spa have graciously supported me, allowing me to sell my creations. I’ve even been featured in local magazines, spotlighting my journey as an artist.

In the academic realm, I was recognized as a Regional Southcentral KY award winner for the 2022-23 school year through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At the 2023 Kentucky State Fair, I earned multiple honorable mentions and first place, along with Best in Show for my picture of a yellow 1969 Ford Mustang.

Last summer, I was accepted into the WKU photojournalism program, and next summer, I’m thrilled to be part of the National Geographic Student Travel program, heading to Churchill Manitoba to photograph polar bears. The adventure continues, one click at a time.