I cut my teeth as a photographer in 2009 when the photo editor of a newspaper set a camera in my lap and told me to go out and come back with something worth publishing.
"Here's the shutter," he said. "Everything is on automatic for now, so if you manage to screw it up I'll be impressed. Don't be afraid to get close to the action. Oh, and if things look too dark, you probably need to take off the lens cap!"
Since that day I've learned a few things, but nothing more important than to not be afraid of getting close to the action, to the moment, to the subject. I've worked as a photojournalist all over the U.S., in the Middle East, and in Southeast Asia.
I've captured weddings, corporate events, personal milestones, breaking news, big and small celebrations, and even pets (the easiest clients to work with).
If it is important to you, then it is important to me.
I believe the best photos find the humanity of the moment. If you appreciate realistic, uncompromised and truthfully candid work, you'll find my work a welcome departure from a world obsessed with overdone filters and contrived poses.