Gabby is hanging up her crown…quite literally. This November this reigning Miss Maryland’s reign draws to a close. It’s been over 10 years since she began competing in beauty pageants as a way to pay for her college education. And that she did! She earned her music education degree from Towson University compliments of all her pageant wins.
A few years ago she shifted away from music for a career and into assisting the military develop new products in R&D and loves it. She will likely be going back to school to earn her 2nd degree in engineering soon. This new career path takes her all over the world.
Gabby began competing 10 years ago at a fire department pageant that was offering a scholarship. Today she currently holds 3 Miss Maryland titles!
Gabby knew she wanted to mark the end of her competition time with creating portraits with more of a fine art feel. She discovered my portrait work on IG and knew she found what she had been looking for!
Gabby appreciates all the take aways from 10 years of competition. Pageant work has given her a confidence that was not there before. The shy anxious girl who started competing found her voice as pageant training helped her pull out her best self and boldly present that to the world. The networking opportunities were influential in helping to shape her life as a young adult as well.
Despite what dramatic tv presentations would have us believe, Gabby found the competition environment to be very supportive and kind. Every once in a while there was a bad apple who would try and create drama and an unhealthy atmosphere, but it was rare.
Part of being a pageant competitor means advocating for a cause that is important to you. Gabby chose to work with veterans and help raise awareness to their needs. She works with “Catch a Lift” which helps provide rides for vets who are unable to get around as needed.
Gabby also works with “Honor Flights” which brings vets from all over the US to DC to see the memorials. She helps to organize gathering other local people passionate about thanking our service men/women to cheer them on as they step off their flight into DC. Veterans from WWII to Vietnam are gifted with this experience.
Gabby it’s clear your heart is big and your smile warms every room that you grace. I love that you chose my portrait services to mark the conclusion of your pageant career! I hope this next phase is filled with adventure, love and laughter to keep that twinkle in your eyes!