Originally from Rocky Mount, NC Kimberly Joy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Howard University in Washington, DC in 2001, and her commission as an Of cer in the Army Nurse Corps the same year. After serving over twelve years in the military, she decided to pursue her passion for photography. Kimberly developed a love for photography as a child however; she didn’t follow her passion until she was serving in Baghdad, Iraq. A couple years after she retired from the military, Kimberly moved back to North Carolina to attend the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.

Initially, Kimberly thought she wanted to specialize in documentary photography, however, after taking a portrait and lighting class she realized that portrait photography was her calling. She continued to hone in portrait photography and lighting skills and discovered she had a talent of making her clients feel beautiful. Kimberly’s beauty and fashion portraits are bold, strong, graceful, and classy. She infuses sleekiness, and sophistication, in a comfortable setting to reveal her clients’ inner beauty. Currently she is working on a photo series entitled: I Am B.E.A.U.T.Y in which she documents African American Women through portraits and video de ning the meaning of beauty in the African American Community.

Kimberly’s work has been displayed at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery, The Art Institute Quarterly Student Exhibitions and Durham Public Library. Her image entitled “Flu Fighters” was selected and used for the Duke University School of Nursing Flu Shot Campaign. She will receive her BFA in photography in September 2015.

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