About Kerri Percy

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There’s something special hidden in each moment that I photograph, and my goal is to create heirloom quality pieces of beautiful photographic art that will bring happiness to you and your family for many lifetimes.

Come on, let’s make some memories together.

Whether it’s a couple uniting as one through marriage, families enjoying each others’ company, or days-old newborn babies – my joy is in your joy.

 

 


_DSC1386smHow it all began: my personal art history

 You might not guess that art and design wasn’t at the top of the list of things I wanted to be when I grew up.

First, I wanted to be a marine biologist.
It’s true. I loved animals, especially sea animals. My parents bought me Oceanography books and I skimmed National Geographic copies and dreamed of saving dolphins in my scuba gear. But the dream fizzled after learning I absolutely hated the MATH parts of science that was a integral part.

I had so many interests growing up – writing, photography, drawing, engineering, psychology, nature and animals, faraway lands. Little did I know that these all are a contibuting factor to who I am as a Photographer and how I approach Graphic Design.

In 4th grade, I took a private art class. I got to play with graphite, charcoal, clay and paint. I got the inspiration. Not long after, my parents began taking me on their travels to Europe, and I got a first-hand education in Art History and fell head over heels in love with Michelangelo and Italian Renaissance Painters. It’s an otherworldly and life-changing experience to see the Sistine Chapel in person. Or VanGogh’s Starry Night.

When I was in college at Polk State concentrating on Fine Art, I took all of the writing and literature classes I could. At UCF, I minored in Photography and my waking hours were spent in the darkroom inhaling chemicals and not getting much sleep. My design classes offered the enjoyment of creating things from scratch, but my photography classes allowed me to truly explore image-making. I worked with medium format, cyanotype, gum-prints, and developed a great deal of black and white film and prints.

After graduation, digital SLRs came out, but I still wanted to develop my own film. I was a traditionalist for many years, only succumbing to the digital age when it benefited my photography business, yet I still long for the aesthetic of film.


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Kerri L. Gilpin graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with specialization in Graphic Design and Photography.

Currently living in Lakeland, Florida, with her Husband, Jason Percy, and Step-son Nic, Kerri has taught Graphic Design at Keiser University for over 13 years, teaching Page Layout, Illustration, 3-D modeling, Photography, and Filmmaking. Her art, photography and designs contribute to the local marketing and branding for the Lakeland Campus.

With over 16 years of experience in the Graphic Design field, Kerri has won 5 Addy Awards for excellence in design and advertising, worked on a variety of world-renowned companies such as J.W.Marriott, Hilton, Minute-Maid, Amtrak, Disney, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios.

Kerri designed one of Kaleidoscope’s 44 monarch butterfly sculptures featured around Lakeland, FL, and the butterfly has made permanent residence on the campus of Southeastern University.

Kerri is a member of the Lakeland Creative Makers, Lakeland Creatives and Founder of the Lakeland Shooters.

 


 

 

 

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