It is somewhat of a miracle that I ever fell in love with photography. I have one too many childhood memories of forcing a smile as my mother fumbled with her SLR snapping family photographs. As it turns out, my mother’s inefficiencies behind the camera failed to deter me and I now realize she had this desire to capture these moments in an everlasting medium.
By 2008 I was partway through a journalism degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. CU did not offer photojournalism degrees, but I was able to take a number of classes from the adjunct professor and New York Times photojournalist, Kevin Moloney. At 20, he had a profound impact on my life.
I spent the first couple years of my career tackling any job I could get. I shot apartment interiors, covered 5k races, and photographed way too many 12-hour-long dance competitions. Perhaps more important than this slew of crappy assignments was my time spent assisting for a local photographer, Jamie Kripke who was more than generous with his time, patience and guidance.
Today, I focus primarily on commercial and editorial photography in the world of adventure and active lifestyle and have been fortunate to create images for brands such as The North Face, Red Bull and Adidas.