My first camera was a gift from my granddad, his tank of a Canon AE-1. Later, in college, I worked for a production company editing tape on a jog wheel, and there I met a photographer who hired me as an assistant. I liked photography because it was hard work, and we were always solving problems.
As you do, I moved to NYC to be a writer, later lived in Chicago, barrista’d twice, met a bunch of photographers, worked for a few, traveled when I could, and spent a year designing and building a house by hand. I made nearly as many left turns as pictures and worked really hard along the way to hone my craft. The journey gave me the ability to connect with people no matter who they are or where they come from.
I am now based in Birmingham and travel frequently.
My favorite assignments are those that take place in the middle of things, like catching the doctor as he treats his patient with supernatural empathy, or listening to the entrepreneur describe how she started her business, or asking the baker to bake. And out of that: making imagery that speaks to what a brand stands for. Creating a signal amid the noise. Capturing an unguarded, true moment.