My name is Adrianne Herold and I’m a Champaign, IL native. I’m a photographer, woodworker, and fibre artist. I began each one of these paths at different times and in different manners. I never imagined doing any of these full time but it became very apparent to me later on that these are my callings; each of them. I’ve never been able to pick one thing and stick with it. My creativity won’t allow me to. So I’ve decided to never limit myself.
I began photography around 2012. I ran a blog for a little while and that’s when I bought my first camera and it slowly developed into different paths since then. I moved on to portrait photography in 2015. Then I was discovered by Flashstock and began working with them in September of 2016. This was when I started focusing on product & brand photography. In January of 2017, I ditched my 9-5 and went self-employed doing product photography and I seriously couldn’t be happier.
I began making macrame in 2015 just as a side hobby. I was in the process of redecorating my bedroom at my parents’ house and wanted to fill my walls up so I made my first jute wall-hanging and a fiber pendant lamp. It just kind of rolled into itself over the years and I just haven’t stopped knotting up rope. It’s a therapeutic thing for me. The repetitive motion of making macrame is a very calming experience.
Woodworking started when I moved into my apartment and was lacking some furniture pieces. I love the saying, “Can’t find it? Make it!”. I made a list of things I wanted to make for our living room and had my dad help out with the process of building them. My apartment is probably 90% handmade. Woodworking is very challenging but very rewarding. It’s taken a lot of trial and error. But it’s become a passion of mine and I wouldn’t trade those challenges for anything.