A native of Washington, D.C., Campbell is a summa cum laude graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her earliest photographic experiments were in portraiture and urban still life, which began when her mother gave her a Rolleicord camera when she headed off to art school. Those early roots in photography expanded and deepened with curators Jane Livingston and Frances Fralin when she later worked with them at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. following her graduation. While promoting Livingston and Fralin's exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography at the museum, she was influenced by artists who showed there such as William Christenberry, Jan Groover, Sally Mann and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Her debut book of images "City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris" was published by Goff Books in Fall 2019. It was named #2 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list and #1 Hot New Release on Amazon.