Ways to work with me
I spent my young years growing up in a small desert town in the Mojave. I climbed a lot of trees, spent time in the sun catching lizards, and played make-believe. In high school, I moved to Las Vegas and developed a love for photography that allowed me to showcase the beauty I found in my world because I had a hard time with verbal expression.
In 2008, I moved to Savannah, GA, to elevate my photography by attending the Savannah College of Art and Design. I got my BFA and left school with an extensive knowledge of the language of photography but hadn’t yet found my voice. That came later when I moved to Los Angeles and discovered the healing powers of nature and recreational exercise in the nearby mountains, oceans, and forests.
My first backpacking trip ended in search and rescue, and my third backpacking trip was solo hiking 220 miles from Yosemite Valley to summit Mt. Whitney on the John Muir Trail in 2015. I was hooked. My two passions grew independently of one another, but when the time was right, my love of photography and my thirst for adventure merged effortlessly.
After a month navigating the ridges of the Sierra Nevada, my vision grew. I navigated myself 1,800 miles through the rugged and diverse New Zealand wilderness with just a backpack. I spent one week marooned in the pitch-blackness of an underground cave without food or any light source, and I've tackled multi week expeditions to climb some of the tallest mountains in the world.
I’m continuously training my mind and body so that I may creatively thrive in unpredictable environments to capture the stories of the people, the land, and the journeys I take to get there—wherever there happens to be.
A third calling has emerged, and that is sharing the skills + training I’ve developed through my unique lifestyle with others through speaking engagements, workshops, and retreats.