The first time I held a camera, I was 12 years old. My Dad said, "here, take a picture of us." I looked through the lens and I was hooked. It wasn't just the technology I fell in love with but the stories I saw behind the faces of the people and the character of the landscapes. It's the story that always drives my photography.
In my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern Maine where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, I grew to appreciate the thought and language behind photography. I was an intern for The Mount Desert Islander, a nationally award winning weekly in Bar Harbor, ME. I grew up near Bar Harbor. It was such a privilege to photograph and write about the day to day lives and issues that concerned my friends and family.
As I went on to study for my Masters degree at The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, I learned the reality of being a photographer. Newhouse taught me the ins and outs of using multimedia. I was Visual Lead of TheNewsHouse.com and produced story after story for The Fall Workshop and Student Voice project. Newhouse put me in the field and forced me to look beyond my comfort zone.
I bring all my experiences and education to my work, but in the end it's the love of the work. I love being able to capture in a single moment of time a story that has taken a lifetime to live and through the medium of a series of photographs bring that story to others. Years ago my Dad said, "here, take a picture of us." Truthfully, for me, that's still what it's all about.