My dog Homer and I recently moved to South Portland where I am learning to garden during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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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 would drive slowly along the gravel roads to count the sunning pheasants scattered in the corn and soybean fields.
I brought along my sister’s old point and shoot camera to photograph the landscape. I remember being very fond of photographing the small rusty metal bridges that linked the country roads. 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. I am extremely grateful to be able to make a living doing what I truly love for over 24 years.
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 for an internship at the Appleton Post-Crescent. The three month internship turned into a five year part-time job. I also did photography for a variety of companies and publications.
I moved to Portland in 2003 to attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and to fulfill a childhood dream to live near the ocean. Since Salt I have become a commercial, editorial and fine art photography here in Maine.
During my time in Maine I have worked for numerous publications including part-time for the Portland Press-Herald and for 15 years I have been the primary photographer for the publication Mainebiz. My current photography clients range from large companies like WEX to single entrepreneurs. I transform the client’s concept into a visual story by creating compelling storytelling photographs.
Since 2016 I have been an assistant adjunct professor at the University of New England teaching digital photography. Teaching at UNE is a very rewarding experience where I get to see the students creativity blossom.
My dog Homer and I recently moved to a home in South Portland where I am learning to garden during the Covid-19 pandemic.