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Meet Sierra

Meet Sierra

 

Years Old

Cameras

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Hours In A Day

The Start of the Journey

Enamored with the art of expression, Sierra Thornley thought very seriously about becoming a writer. On her twelfth birthday, she was presented with a gift that would change her world: her first digital camera. When she started photographing people, she realized that photography had the power to convey what even the most eloquent of words could not explain. Photography was writing in light. Ever since that realization, Sierra has always carried a camera by her side.  

Today, Sierra is a Colorado-native portrait and surrealist photographer in Denver. She began her career with a photo shoot for her family’s French exchange student, Sara, who wanted to model in America. From there, her business took off (a little slowly at first) and then started to build with great momentum. Sierra’s first paying client was the American coordinator for the French exchange student group who saw the photographs from Sara’s shoot and was intrigued to see how Sierra’s style would carry over into family portraits. Sierra channeled her excitement about the success of her first professional shoot into a fully operational photography business in 2011.  

A couple years later, Sierra was accepted to her dream school—Savannah College of Art & Design—and moved to Savannah, Georgia to earn her Bachelor’s in Visual Communication & Photography where she developed an undeniable fascination for surrealist photography. Throughout her college years, Sierra completed an internship at a prominent portrait studio in Littleton, Colorado where she learned extensively about the professional practices associated with portrait photography.

Now permanently back in Colorado, Sierra has rebranded her business from Sierra Christine Photography to Speak Photography (trademark pending) to shift the focus to be less on her as the artist and more about the concept behind the images. To Sierra, photography is a voice.

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Awards & Exhibitions


1st Place in the Colorado State Photo Exam
2013

Colorado State Photo Exam
Denver, CO

Graphic Design Intensive Completion Certificate
2012

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

52nd Annual RMCAD Student Exhibition
2014 – 2015

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

“Welcome to My World” Surreal Self-Portrait Series Exhibition
2015

Personal Project & Exhibition
Denver, CO

SCAD Dean’s List: 3.9+ Grade-Point-Average
2013 – 2016

Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, GA

Gold Award: 52nd Annual Student Exhibition
2015

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

Finalist Award Certificate for Photographer’s Forum
2013

Photographer’s Forum Magazine
Denver, CO

“Emerging” Surreal Portrait Series Exhibition
2016

Personal Project & Exhibition
Denver, CO

Photoshop & Lightroom Photography Exhibition
2014

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

Academic & Artistic Scholarship Recipient
2013 – 2016

Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, GA

Photography Studio Apprentice Internship
2015

Vision Photography
Littleton, CO

Certificate of Achievement for Commercial Photography
2015

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

Photo Published in Best of Photography Book
2012

Photographer’s Forum Magazine
Denver, CO

Lighting & Glass Photography Exhibition
2015

Rocky Mtn. College of Art & Design
Lakewood, CO

Student Incentive Scholarship Recipient
2013

Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, GA

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