Bio

For just about as long as I can remember, photography has been a part of my life. Something I have always felt compelled to do. I think the impetus was the National Geographic, photography and travel magazines my aunt LuLu would hand-down to me. Thanks to my mom, my first camera, a Kodak Colorburst 50 was acquired when I was around 10 years old … I can remember always needing more instamatic film!

 

My first real education in photography began when I volunteered to become a photographer for my middle school’s yearbook staff because I thought it would be "cool" to walk around school with a camera. It was there I first learned to shoot 35mm with the Pentax K1000 and develop my darkroom skills. However, I can

guarantee that the camera did not help me become “cool” at all!

Switching to Nikon, I truly began to live behind the lens and in the darkroom for the next six years. High school socials, hometown sporting events, corporate gatherings and weddings       

However, in 2012, I returned to the familiarity of looking through a lens and this time, the natural world was the subject. My passion for photography is now fueled for my re-discovered love for travel, exploration, adventure, continued learning and nature’s beauty. Traveling to amazing, unique destinations and artfully capturing the views and the moments is what drives me. Having first been moved by the vistas, grand landscapes and canyons of the desert southwest, I’ve committed myself to explore and share all that I can. Nothing makes me happier than bringing these scenes and my artistic visions into people’s personal homes or workspaces so that they too can enjoy the outdoors ... indoors.

were my subjects as a freelancer and as a photographer for my hometown newspaper. After college, and a year spent shooting sorority parties and learning about high-end wedding photography in Washington, D.C, the corporate world called and the camera was put away for nearly two decades. 

Shooting
Locations

Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New

Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,

Washington D.C. and West Virginia. 

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