It's hard to remember a time in my life when I didn't have a camera in my hand.
At the age of nine my dad bravely handed me his Hasselblad camera for a 4-H photography project about the flora and fauna of central Ohio. At fourteen, he took me to see a talk by the world renowned photographer, Richard Avedon. As a 17 year old, I was taking pictures for the school newspaper and yearbook. When I began college at Denison University, I had no intention of majoring in art, but I again found myself drawn to take pictures and graduated with a degree in photography.
Despite the nearly constant pull toward photography, I had always thought that I would be an architect. So, in 2005, I hopped on a plane to California to pursue a masters degree in architecture. After receiving my degree, I spent several years working in the field. I enjoyed (most of) the work, but my employers regularly asked me to photograph their projects. And thus, in 2013, finding it hard to ignore the reoccurring theme any longer, I decided to leave architecture and pursue photography. Today, I feel incredibly lucky to be able to combine my love for animals and people with my life-long love of photography.
Whether I'm photographing dogs in need of homes at local shelters or high school seniors ready to embark on their next journey, my goal is to capture technically sound and artistically striking images that preserve moments and memories for years to come.