I was born in Grand Rapids, MI where I lived until 2008 when I moved to Monterey, CA. Inspired by the coastlines of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Big Sur, I began exploring the medium of photography as a way to capture the beauty that surrounded me.
My early photography was almost exclusively still life and landscape work that incorporated very little, if any, human elements. As my interests progressed I began to recognize that I was drawn to human images in a way I had never recognized. In many ways I think it was my background in social science, combined with my own extremely social personality that led me to take such an interest in capturing the human form. I began looking for interesting people around me to photograph and started studying the portraiture of both historical greats and the current generation of creatives. I tried to understand what it meant to actually capture the essence of a person. I wanted to find ways to create artistic images that didn't involve heavy levels of manipulation but instead presented an authentic expression of the uniqueness of each person photographed. As part of this, my interest has been drawn to focus on street photography as my main passion while also incorporating portrait projects into my work.
I am a member of the Image Makers of Monterey as well as a Member Photographer with the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel.