In 2010, I graduated from university with a degree in Paralegal Studies. I dedicated the early years of my career to helping my clients navigate hardship and injustice. After a few years of working a desk job, however, I developed an insatiable hunger for adventure and self-growth.
In 2013, I moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to teach English on a one-year contract. I spent school holidays backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. My travels took me to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal, and to the Philippines, where my mother was born. My eagerness to understand and connect with people of vibrant cultures, coupled with my desire to embrace beautiful landscapes, led me to discover my natural talents for travel and photography.
After returning to my hometown of Chicago, I completed a certification program at the Chicago Photography Academy. I have a passion for documentary, street and portrait photography. I strive to use my art as a search for truth by capturing genuine moments, providing an accurate representation of my subjects, and giving a platform to unheard voices. I work to create a safe, honest and loving environment for those I photograph. The end goal is to create positive change and bring more compassion to the human experience.