I grew up in Kansas and when I was young, I always wanted to be a flight attendant. I had a premonition that there were unknown, fascinating places beyond my immediate childhood horizons and I knew flight attendants went to those places. I didn't end up working for the airlines, but I have been lucky enough to travel to far flung destinations and, as a photographer, fulfill my latent childhood dreams.
I began my career photographing travel assignments for Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, and Gourmet. I traveled across the U.S. and the world- my life forever changed by the incredible people and places I experienced along the way. While I love crafting a beautiful image, equally important is the process. I learned so much from the people I met and had many unexpected, fun adventures with them. It's a toss up what I cherish more- the photograph itself or the memories of making it.
After shooting travel jobs for several years, I began integrating food, portraiture, lifestyle, and social advocacy imagery into my work. I really enjoy photographing food and the perks that come with that- hanging out with chefs and foodies and learning a few tricks to deploy in my own kitchen. And, my social advocacy projects remind me what's most important in life- using your skills for positive purposes. On a trip to Zambia, I discovered how a bicycle manufacturer developed a virtually indestructible bike that is fueling change for students and entrepreneurs in Africa.
Photography has been my passport to life- not only abroad, but also in my hometown, New York City. No matter what or where I'm shooting, I love making beautiful images that hopefully inspire and uplift.
Editorial Clients: Travel + Leisure, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, Gourmet, Food + Wine, ISLANDS, Coastal Living, The New York Times, Country Living, Oprah, flower, Saveur, Forbes, Real Simple, Parents, Fast Company.
Corporate Clients: King Arthur Flour, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Brand, Immersive Health Central, Garden Fresh.