As my mom likes to say, I was "born on a dark and stormy night" on the edge of the west coast in 1977. After first learning photography while working as a reporter at my hometown newspaper, the Triplicate while a junior in high school in 1994, I began this odyssey of a career. Over the last two decades I have spent time at a variety of newspapers in California, Oregon and Washington, including the Columbian, the (now defunct) Springfield News, the News-Register and, for the last 10 years, the Chinook Observer.
My photography has been honored by both the Pictures of the Year International and the Best of Photojournalism competitions — not bad for working at a weekly paper with barely a 5,000 circ. I won the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Photographer's Portfolio award four years in a row, and have been named Photographer of the Year three times by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. I have been a featured speaker or faculty at the WNPA annual convention and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference. And I have shot hundreds of stories about small town life, as well as NBA basketball and the Womens World Cup, and have taken advertising commissions through Leo Burnett Worldwide.