I spend a lot of time chasing my beagle Nora.
I live in Traverse City, Michigan and often dream of the places where I learned to watch people, and subsequentally photography...Some of those places inlcude Australia, Taiwan, and China where I studied Mandarin Chinese. As well as Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia and Rwanda exploring and documenting coffee producers in the Fair Trade coffee market.
Photography is a way for me to meet new people and communicate with the world. I don't want to simply take pictures, I want to learn something about the people and places I shoot. This is the same for an assignment in Bolivia, for a local magazine shoot in Northern Michigan or someone's wedding. In all cases, there is a beauty and a story to tell.
In addition to photography, I teach in the Social Science Department at Northwestern Michigan College. I currently teach a World Regional Geography course.
I have a graduate certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. I have a bachelors degree in International Studies from Northern Michigan University.