Micaela Ruiz hails from Lincoln Park Michigan; an industrial town bordering Detroit. Her early influences for her work come from her parent’s blue-collar culture juxtaposed with the glamorous view of the auto industry in Detroit. She graduated from The College for Creative Studies with a B.F.A. in Photography and was selected as the top student in her department. During her time at C.C.S. her work was featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Detroit Metro Times, Nike WHQ, Family of Man Exhibition, Photographer’s Forum and Detroit’s Scarab Club. Working with Nike during her senior year pushed her to pursue a career within the commercial industry. Upon graduation she began freelancing for Detroit based magazines and teaching after school programs to Detroit youth. This work led her to start a career at Converse Inc. in 2010 as their in-house photographer in Boston. Over 5 years she grew to hold the role of Senior Photographer and Studio Manager. As the lead photographer on campaigns her work has been featured on a global scale in print, store and digital while building a state of the art in-house studio. From 2015-2017 Micaela was an adjunct lecturer at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit to Advertising and Photographer majors. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she works in-house at Hasbro as a photographer and freelance retoucher to clients based across the United States.