like many i fell into the waters of photography by way of taking snapshots of my children, tucker and finn. curiosity and wonder enveloped me as i imagined what they were seeing.  i couldn't help but play right along with the light all around us, visually experimenting and escaping into the images I was making.  photography has become a way for me to explore myself, see my way through troubles, and when it is best - step into an alternate reality which illuminates new perspectives pointing me back again to what is most meaningful in life. the creative process and the journey of motherhood merge together for me in my photographs, distilled in my heart. it seems it's always just starting, even though it's been 11 years since it all began.

originally from no. virginia, i came to maine in seach of mountains, oceans, and as it turns out - love. i met my hubs freshman year at colby college. i have spent my life figuring out what i want to be when i grow up, career girl? hmmm. when my first child was born, i took the exit ramp to where i am today - a visual artist. 



my CV

Group Shows

The Curated Fridge, Winter 2018 (Curated by J. Sybylla Smith)

Photoplace Gallery, Celebrating the Creative Process, December 2017 (Juroried by Kat Kiernan)

The Curated Fridge, Summer 2016


Offset/Shutterstock -Contributing Photographer (2015-present) 

Adobe Premium Stock - Contributing Artist beginning in Summer (2016-present)


Directors Award, Celebrating the Creative Process, December 2017

National Geographic Your Shot, Daily Dozen, Editor’s Pick (2015)

Top 100 Photographers to Watch in 2015, Clickin Moms (2015) - Our 50 Favorite Mom Photographers,(2014)

Published Articles

Wnek, C. (November 2015) “ My Foray into Film.” Lemonade and Lenses.

Wnek, C. (August 2015) “Life Lessons in Film.” One-Twenty-Five.

Wnek, C. (March/April 2015) “Learning through Experimentation. ”Click Magazine.

Commissioned Publications

DPI Magazine (2015) 

Maine Home & Design (August 2013, May 2013, February 2013, December 2012, September 2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

CMPro, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Portland Museum of Art


MFA Semester 1, Maine Media Workshops (2016-2017)

"Visual Books for Photographers." Cig Harvey, Maine Media Workshops (2017)

“Creating More Powerful and Memorable Portraits.” Joyce Tenneson. The Griffin Museum (2016)

“The Personal Story.” Cig Harvey, Maine Media Workshops, (2016)

“Intermediate/Advanced Darkroom.” Thurston Howes, MECA (2015)

“Photo Field Trip.” El Capitan Canyon, (2014)