Courtesy Mikala Compton

I spent the first half of my life in Texas and the second in Mississippi. The last several years I've worked as a freelance commercial and editorial still photographer based in Jackson, MS and delved into video and film lighting/ production. I have photographed for numerous publications and clients, including the Jackson Free Press, Mississippi Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.  
I was course manager for the bi-annual Barefoot documentary photography workshop from August 2013 to February 2015. In Fall 2015 I was co-coordinator for the College Picture of the Year competition, and in Spring of 2016, co-coordinator for the Picture of the Year International competition.  
Currently, I am pursuing my masters in photojournalism at the University of Missouri