Carey Kirkella grew up in the suburbs of New York City and studied photography and media arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY; earning a BFA on a full 'Talent Search' scholarship in 1999. Her work has been exhibited and recognized nationally and internationally by galleries and institutions, including the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York City, the Santa Fe Center for Photography, the International Photography Awards and Critical Mass. Kirkella’s work has been featured in the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, the book 'Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers' by The Magenta Foundation, Photo District News Annual 2011 and 2017, and placed first in the international photography competition '10 Best 10' by WIN-Initiative and Resource magazine. Some commercial advertising clients include Grey, Schwab and Pfizer. Carey lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, photographer Pete Riesett and their son.