I'll tell you up front that I'm not obsessed with photography for photography's sake, but because I am in love with stories.

For me, a story well told makes you feel something in your gut, no matter who or what it is about. I'm chasing that feeling you have when you walk out of the theater after a particularly incredible film in an enlightened state of bliss, or when you look at old photographs from your childhood and piece together the pictures from split memories that span across the years. I'm talking about that feeling when you sit down with a friend for hours and just talk talk talk as the clock spins round round round and you go "oh wow is it that late already?!".

In every story that I tell (because really I'm just the messenger), my goal is to re-create that feeling. I hope after viewing, listening to, and thinking about the stories of the people who have been so kind and open to share them, you will feel that enlightened state of bliss that makes you re-evaluate your everyday, recognize bits of yourself in these people just as you do with old childhood pictures, and feel connected to them in that slightly magical way that usually only comes about after hours of uninhibited discussion with a friend.
These are the emotions I try to inspire with the stores I share.

               More than Pain

             More than Pain

             The Exile Identity

           The Exile Identity

        Life in a Changing Burma

      Life in a Changing Burma

      Teen Pregnancy in America

    Teen Pregnancy in America

I'm not about filling up my calendar with "shoots" and "projects" but days and weeks that I get to meet people, create art, and have a really good time doing it. This is about stories, not just about pictures and beautiful documentation. I'm less intrinsically motivated about photojournalism and stories than I am externally motivated - there are beautiful stories all around us just begging to be shared.  Below is a selection of stories that I've been lucky enough to have access to and share with you.