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South Portland, Maine
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I fell in love with photography when I was 17 growing up in rural southwestern Minnesota. I had a job working for the Department of Natural Resources counting ring-necked pheasants as part of the annual roadside surveys to track their population. In the early autumn mornings I inched slowly along the gravel roads in my car counting the sunning pheasants scattered in the fields.
My sister had an old point and shoot film camera I would bring along to photograph the landscape. I was hooked on photography after viewing the 4×6 glossy prints from the first roll of film. Since that day I have been constantly photographing everything.
After high school I headed to the banks of the Mississippi River to attend Winona State University where I received a degree in photojournalism. I spent the summer after college on Lake Superior doing an internship at the Duluth News Tribune. After a cold summer in Duluth I ventured east to Wisconsin for an internship at the Appleton Post-Crescent. The three month internship turned into a five year part-time job. While in Appleton I photographed for a variety of companies and publications. I also went on numerous road trips across the country visiting and photographing dozens of national parks.
It was on one of my road trips in 2002 when I visited Maine and fell in love with the state. A year later I moved to Portland to attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and fulfill a childhood dream to live near the ocean. Here in Maine I have worked for numerous publications including being the primary photographer the past 15 years for Mainebiz. My photography clients range from some of largest companies in Maine to sole proprietors.
Since 2016 I have been an assistant adjunct professor at the University of New England teaching digital photography.
I am extremely grateful to be able to make a living doing what I truly love the past 25 years.