Gretchen Dunn

Owner . Photographer . Designer


I am originally from Springfield, Illinois, where I took an interest in art and photography at a young age.  I graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Cinema & Photography, minoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design.  I focused my studies to follow the path of digital photography in both natural and studio lighting.

After graduation, I moved to San Diego.  I dabbled in many areas of interest, including art education.  I obtained my CBEST certification in 2009.  I taught art, among many other classes, at a private high school in Solana Beach.  I later became involved in an art program specifically designed for K-4th grade, teaching at four Del Mar area elementary schools.


Though I loved teaching, I wanted to expand my skills to other areas.  I left teaching and dove into marketing and graphic design.  I worked with a large newly opened Carlsbad Salon & Spa, as their in-house marketing and designer.  Here I exercised my skills in branding and marketing a new company.


In 2013, I decided to fully invest in my own business:  Crushdart.  I became freelance, and it was the best decision I had made.  I take on as much or as little work as suits my schedule, so I am always able to give each of my projects my full attention, time, effort and heart.  I fill my schedule with weddings, engagements, families and kids.  I take on commercial projects occasionally, preferably working with and supporting fellow local small-businesses.


I currently live and work from home in Carlsbad, California.  My mostly calm and occasionally chaotic home is filled with love, lots of house plants, my incredibly supportive soulmate, a rambunctious 4 year old boy, a bright-eyed baby girl and a lazy rescue-pug dog.