I can remember when I was young sitting in the counselors office having the inevitable ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’ conversation. Unlike most young teens, I didn’t hesitate with the answer.

I knew from the moment my dad bought me my first National Geographic that photography was what I wanted to do. I wanted to communicate to the world the same way the photographers on those pages did. I pursued photography all through high school, even signing up for jewelry and begging the instructor to let me do advanced photography instead because I had already taken the only two classes offered. Luckily, he was the instructor for both and let me work on my photography skills.

I attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a BFA in photography and a minor in photojournalism. I found that I enjoyed artistic freedom over the strict ethical standards that came with journalism and realized exploring an iceberg for six months while taking pictures of penguins was not what I wanted to do. I took what I had learned and now use those skills for various projects as well as advising photography students at the North Texas Daily.