Jakob O! Swagga (a/k/a Kaje) moved to Florida in 1997, by way of Asheville, NC, and has been in the Bradenton/Palmetto area ever since.
Kaje and her partner have been together for all of those sixteen years, from the day they met IRL, it was love at first sight! Being the thoughtful butch that she is, she encouraged her partner to go to college not long after moving to FL, knowing her turn would come… And it did! Kaje spent four years earning her AA, AS, and her BA, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of South Florida (Go BULLS!!) One of her hopes is to land a grant writing gig with a non profit that focuses on either LGBTQI issues, or one with ties to Breast Cancer research. Keep her in mind, as she is still seeking just the right spot to land!
During her senior year at USF, she picked up a digital camera for the first time, and her second love was realized! For the past four years, you can see the progression of her passion and her eye, ever changing and always open. She feels drawn to nature, architecture, and found objects, as well as portraiture on all levels. Having spent time behind the lens at local parks and preserves, Kaje has been able to capture some incredible sunsets, among other features, and has been awarded First Premium in the Manatee County Fair for two years in a row. She has also spent time working with local residents to produce memorable family portraits, as well as having shot weddings in FL and NY! She has also been published by Sarasota County, Myakka City City Historical Society, and in a Sarasota brochure for the green movement. Her work can also been seen revolving through local galleries, and has been purchased by patrons from as far away as Texas and Virginia.
Kaje is looking forward to returning to Butchlesque for her third year, the first she was the event photographer, and she participated as a contestant last year… You better watch out! She also appeared at St. Pete Pride’s 2782 Concert.
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