Photography has been a passion of mine throughout my entire life. As an inquisitive child, my grandfather instilled in me the basics of photography. When I turned 12, he put a camera in my hands and encouraged my creativity by taking me on expeditions to capture my surroundings on film. As I honed my skills and interests more formally through my studies, I became most intrigued by and excited about finding the subtle moments that told intricate stories about the people I would meet.
Over the past 20 years as a photojournalist, I've been privileged to have the opportunity to be invited into incredible peoples lives and to tell their stories. From a mother's first embrace with her newborn child to a stroke victim taking his first steps during recovery, or a community honoring one of its own fallen soldiers, finding moments that make you smile, bring a tear to your eye, or move one to action has always been at the heart of my work.
After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in 1994, I began working as a photojournalist at various smaller newspapers in the midwest. In 1998, I moved to suburban Chicago to work at the Elgin Courier News and then onto its sister paper, the Aurora Beacon News, as both chief photographer and photo editor. In the spring of 2005, I started my current position as a photo editor for the Chicago Tribune.
My work has been recognized by numerous prestigious organizations including the University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition, National Press Photographers Association, and the Illinois and Ohio Press Photographer Pictures of the Year competitions.