It’s like a drug. That exhilarating feeling of creating something from nothing. Of capturing a moment or energy in time. Of sharing that moment with the world. When viewed, it sparks inspiration and unlocks something from within–even if for only a brief moment.
That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I’m a photographer. It’s my avenue to creative resonance.
That’s the world I imagine living in. Creativity is how we get there. Through my own work, heart and thoughts, my aim is to unlock and inspire your journey toward creativity.
I had no clue that my passion for photography would grow so strong–let alone become my career.
Studying graphic design, I went on to pursue that professionally for a few years. But then I picked up a camera and experienced that creative resonance. I’ve never looked back since.
Looking back, the pivotal turning point was Africa. This was my first trip to the developing world.
Experiencing a world where people have much less than the things we take for granted shifted my heart and life. The photos I took there moved me to deeply pursue and explore photography as a profession. Discovering a world so different and visually rich created a huge wanderlust within, and ignited a passion to share what I was experiencing.
This path wasn’t easy.
I spent hours pushing through the tough world of transitioning into making this artistic career full-time and financially viable. There were points I was so close to giving up, leading a ramen lifestyle and shedding unnecessary material possessions to grow my business.
It eventually paid off and it was worth it.
I’m flown around the world to capture beautiful souls and stories. Brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Conde Nast Traveler bring me on to capture moments for them. I also give back to organizations like Pencils of Promise, a charity that builds schools and creates education for kids in the developing world. These experiences led to me being asked to write an educational book on travel photography with Random House called Photo Trekking.
Most recently, I had the honor of traveling to Guatemala with Justin Bieber and Pencils of Promise (he’s a big donor), to visit the schools with him.
This was the first time he had seen poverty in his life, and I was there to capture the moments that shifted his heart. It was an emotional day for us all.
Before leaving for the airport, I had a chance to edit the photos and share them with Justin. At one point, he landed on a photo of him and a little girl that captured his heart that day. He broke into tears.
That’s why I’m a photographer. The chance to capture moments that shift and shape someone’s heart inspires me daily.