I was born in Ventura, CA but grew up in the small community of Easton outside of Fresno, CA. I returned to the central coast in 2005 to attend UCSB and received my B.S. in Ecology and Evolution with a focus in plant ecology. During college I worked for a Santa Barbara, CA non profit called Growing Solutions growing native plants and performing habitat restoration. I also spent 3 years after UCSB working on an avocado ranch and continuing to grow native plants. In 2011 I started working for the California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES) doing native habitat restoration within Channel Islands National Park. The majority of my work has been on Santa Barbara Island, the smallest of the 8 Channel Islands which lies approx. 60 miles south of Ventura and 45 miles west of Long Beach.
I have always been interested in photography and videography but never really studied the art much until buying a Canon EOS 70D with 2 kit lenses (18-55mm and 55-250mm) at the beginning of 2015. From there I quickly upgraded my kit and spent most of my free time learning as much as I could about photography online. I am mostly self/online taught and credit many photographers for inspiration. Some of my favorite photographers are Nick Page, Jim Harmer, Sharky James, Jay Patel, Varina Patel, Trey Ratcliff, Krl Taylor, Juan Pons, Erin Babnick, Max Rive, and Marc Adamus.
My favorite photography styles are Landscape, Wildlife, and Macro but I look forward to trying portrait and wedding photography when the opportunities arise.