more about me
“Being a visual storyteller of people’s lives, cultures, people groups, projects and injustice in order to share their stories is where my heart beat 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 loved organizing, designing and photographing everything. So, it is no surprise it is what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was also involved with volunteering in the community, church, 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, I studied abroad for a semester in college. A few years after graduating, I moved to Italy with a nonprofit organization. While in Italy, I studied language, culture, encouraged locals and took my camera with me everywhere as I explored the culture, cities and country.
After three years, I transferred to Málaga, Spain where my main focus shifted from being a cultural learner and encourager to a full time graphic designer and photographer. My love for travel and photojournalistic photography 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 full time graphic design to photography, with a focus on storytelling (especially for a good cause) was what impassioned me and got me excited about each day and the future.
Being a visual storyteller of people’s lives, cultures, people groups, projects and injustice in order to share their stories is where my heart beat 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 the candid shots that embody how it felt to be there in that moment. I have the ability to showcase what makes different cultures unique, and to capture the beauty of the culture of each country. Everything has a story. The question is, are you able to capture it in a way it can be told and engaged with.
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 I have spent one month or more in at one time.
Bosnia and Herzegovina