The pen is said to be mightier than the sword. It was a pen that was my salvation, when desperate to pay my college tuition, I had the good fortune to land a job as editor of the University of Colorado student newspaper. As a writer and editor, I learned to paint a story with prose. But it wasn’t until I picked up a camera that I discovered the incredible poetry and power of the photograph.
A love affair with photojournalism led me on a remarkable journey for more than 25 years, taking me from the burning ghats of Varanasi, India, to a smuggler's tunnel in Nogales, Mexico. I rode elephants in pursuit of wild tigers and shattered speed limits in a presidential motorcade. I witnessed life from its joyous beginnings through its triumphs, revelations and darkest hours. More importantly, my pictures helped provide homes for the homeless, food for the malnourished and care for the dying.
I am blessed to have spent the majority of my career working for newspapers and wire services alongside many of the world’s best photojournalists. My photography has earned dozens of national and international awards, and I was twice named Scripps Howard Photographer of the Year.
With the digital revolution, I was drawn to the world of filmmaking, and made a five-year documentary about a homeless man running from his demons and finding grace in unlikely places. The film Nobody was shown in some of the country's most prestigious film festivals and featured on the Dr. Phil Show. Since my first film, I have made many shorter films, which have earned three Emmys and a national Addy.
Last year, I achieved a lifelong dream and returned to my home state of Colorado, where I currently work as a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker. My clients are major newspapers and media outlets, as well as corporate and nonprofit clients. I also run an event and aerial photography business that covers giant events and music festivals around the country.
I live in Boulder, Colorado and travel for much of my work. Any inquiries or assignments are welcome, big or small.
EDITORIAL AND COMMERCIAL CLIENTS
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Associated Press
European Pressphoto Agency
Chronicle of Higher Education
US Department of Labor
Humane Society of the US