Chantel PittsChantel Pitts 
Class of 2011

Looking back, I’m so thankful for my time at Central High School! As a freshman, moving to a new school district was really tough, but by my junior and senior year, I had created so many awesome memories, and built friendships and connections that are still present today. My time at Central allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, and participate in both show choir and a musical, something I never thought was possible. It also allowed me to have the courage to start and lead a new dance team, and it ultimately led to discovering my true passion for photography. If it wasn’t for Mr. Kuepper’s digital photography class, his positive influence, the constant support of my parents, and God’s grace, I don’t think I would’ve pursued it as a career. From that moment on, Chantel Breanne Photography was born.

After graduating from Central High School, I went on to pursue a degree in Studio Art, with a focus in Photography. Between graduating from high school and starting college, I was blessed with the opportunity to have my photographs published in Kraft Foods Inc.’s online food magazine, and the Best of College Photography 2012 book, by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. When I first started my undergraduate program, I knew photography was something I loved and wanted to study further, but I was looking for more. I was looking for a program that spoke to both the creative and analytical sides of who I was, which later led me to change programs and transfer universities. In 2015, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising, with a minor in Business at Indiana University. My time at IU was truly one of the best times of my life! It was definitely filled with many ups and downs, but I was able to get involved in several different organizations on campus, hold leadership positions, provide service to the community, and foster genuine friendships that will last a lifetime.

Once I graduated from IU, I moved to San Diego, California a few days later. At the time, it was such a nice change from the Midwest. There is just something about the West Coast that’s so peaceful! Although the traffic is quite crazy there, the beautiful scenery and California coastline were just breathtaking. It was there that I decided to really focus on my fashion and lifestyle blog, Chantel Breanne, in addition to my photography. Since I started my blog, I’ve had the opportunity to work with brands like Tobi, Fashion Nova, Rocksbox, Zero UV, and others, on collaborations, and content creation. Almost a year later, I decided that I needed a fresh start! After a lot of praying, God guided me to Arizona! I had never been to Arizona before, and I didn’t know anyone prior to moving there, but I decided to take a chance, and it was literally one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

As I moved to a new city in 2016, I began my graduate program at the Academy of Art University. Two years later, I graduated with my Master of Arts in Fashion Merchandising, with a focus in Marketing and Brand Management. Today, I currently work as a photographer, with hopes of becoming a Creative Director in the future. I’ve grown in so many ways over the last two years! After taking a leap of faith, I now know that it was something I needed, to continue growing both personally and professionally.

This is just the beginning, and I’m excited to see where life will take me next!




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