I've always been visually oriented, better with pictures than words. In middle school, I carried a disposable camera with me and took pictures of everyone I went to school with, friends and strangers. I didn't think of it as a possible career then. It was just something I did. Today, I make my living with a combination of photojournalism and commercial photography.
After two years of studying painting at Red Deer College, I moved to Halifax and studied photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After working with Coast magazine in Halifax, I returned to Yellowknife and took a position as photo editor/staff photographer at Up Here Publications, a job that let me travel across the North, covering a wide variety of stories.
I was initially most interested in portraits and studio-based work, and intrigued by the possibilities of carefully controlled and precisely planned studio lighting. As my work has progressed, I have incorporated more photojournalistic techniques and approaches, shooting with natural light, on location. My commercial work and editorial work are very important to me, but I most love working on my own artistic projects, which inspire me to keep on pushing my process and style forward.