more about me
“Being a visual storyteller of people’s lives, cultures, ethnic groups, projects and injustices in order to share their stories is where my heartbeat is.”
I was born and raised in a small Amish town called Nappanee, Indiana where the farmers are many and the stoplights are few. And no, I am not Amish.
I was heavily involved in the arts growing up and I loved organizing, designing and photographing everything. So, it’s no surprise that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up. I also volunteered in the community through my church and other nonprofits, and my family regularly opened our home to global workers and international friends. Pair that with my affinity for art, travel and exploring other cultures, and I was bound to be a globetrotter. I studied abroad for a semester in college, and then after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications, I moved to Italy with a nonprofit organization. While in Italy, I studied language and culture and took my camera with me everywhere as I explored the country and discovered its stories.
After three years, I transferred to Málaga, Spain where my focus shifted from being a cultural learner to a full time graphic designer and photographer. My love for travel and photojournalism deepened during this time as I traveled in and out of North Africa and around Europe while having my work featured in my organization’s publications.
I loved what I was doing but as I took time to reflect on my skills and desires, I realized a shift from graphic design to photography, with a focus on storytelling (especially for a good cause) was what impassioned and excited me about each day.
Being a visual storyteller of people’s lives, cultures, ethnic groups, projects and injustices in order to share their stories is where my heartbeat is. I love capturing beautiful moments in people’s every day lives that make their stories special. I capture details that might go unnoticed, and document the candid shots that embody how it felt to be there in that moment. I showcase what makes different cultures unique by highlighting the beauty of the culture of each country.
Every person and place has a story. The question is, are you able to capture it in the most engaging way?
26 countries visited and counting! These are countries I’ve visited outside of the airport, because let’s face it, if you don’t go outside the airport, it doesn’t count as a country visited. Those countries in bold are ones where I have spent one month or more at a time.
Bosnia and Herzegovina