Storytelling has been at the heart of my life for as long as I can remember.
I remember falling in love with the art of stories as a child, hearing my father and grandfather spin tales of faraway places as my sister and I fell asleep. This probably started as a ploy to get us to sleep faster, but it inevitably backfired when we begged for more, caught up in the adventures they created for us. As I grew up, this evolved into a passion for art in general - most specifically, the storytelling kind. From books to shows to movies to music; if it told a story, if it made me feel something, I was hooked.
Over time, through many experiences of triumph and loss and grief and love, it became apparent to me just how important photography is as a storytelling technique - and how important it is to make photos a priority. Whether they are phone photos, disposable cameras, or anything else - they are snapshots of life, feeling, beauty, and emotion. They are what we have to hold on to of our most fond experiences.
My mom bought me my first DSLR camera for my 16th birthday, and it was really all over from there.
Learning this art has been a great ongoing project, and helping to tell peoples' stories through photographs is just about the greatest thing I can imagine.
I am a messy creative who craves simplicity, a complete introvert, and an enthusiast of the Great Outdoors. My favorite shoes are my extra-broken-in hiking boots. I was raised with my toes in the dirt and my head in the clouds and I've been that way ever since.
Welcome aboard. I can't wait to get to know you.