I was exposed to a good deal of photography during my youthful years in Tucson via my father, an amateur photographer whom maintained a dark room in our house. I didn’t truly approach photography until attending several classes at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona where I was also able to peruse a huge archive of photographic images including the largest array of Ansel Adams prints available which was very inspiring. I was studying Psychology pre-med and taking a few photo classes here and there when I started getting hooked on the whole thing and especially in using B&W film and darkroom manipulations to create my images. I thought photography would be a great artistic outlet to maintain while pursuing my professional psychology practice.
This all changed when I took a year off from studies in my fourth college year traveling through Europe and the Middle East; I started framing much of what I saw in a photographic way and became very passionate about pursuing photography. This was also my first self-discovery of feeling strongly drawn towards documentary work.
Upon returning, I completed my degree, spent one year in Japan teaching English and photographing and returned to attend graduate photography courses. I completed one semester before deciding to pursue photography full time while traveling and teaching English abroad. I continued my photography education with an intensive photojournalism course with Bob Sacha at Maine Photographic Workshops. Massachusetts became my home base about ten years ago. From here, I have traveled a great deal and lived in countries such as Turkey, Spain and Japan while expanding my commercial and fine art photography.