I was born in California to two world travelers and grew up in Wine Country listening to stories of adventure. After a childhood spent hiking the valley, reading high fantasy, building computers and playing video games, I took my first steps out into the world at the local community college and discovered photojournalism.
I studied documentary photography at Santa Rosa Junior College, interned as a photographer for the North Bay Bohemian and as a research assistant for the Immigrant Nation documentary project before graduating with my Associate's Degree.
Now, I have finished studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou. I have covered the Midwest with my trusty cameras, mostly for the Columbia Missourian with occasional breaks for food reporting in Europe, or studying environmental reporting in Costa Rica.
After graduation and a road trip through the American Southwest, I spent the fall and spring as a photography intern at the Colorado Springs Gazette. I covered everything from prep football, to the Denver Broncos, to gingerbread villages and Fort Carson.