About the Photographer
My love affair with photography began when I was ten years old, the birthday I received my first camera. Said camera was a Canon Sureshot, and the first picture taken with it happened to be of an English Springer Spaniel named Brandy, my best buddy growing up. The subject matter of my photos has broadened quite a bit since then, but animals are still a cornerstone in my work. I revel in the opportunity to capture them in true portraits. I graduated from Lake Land Community College with an Associates degree in art and transfered to Columbia College Chicago, where I received my Bachelor's degree in fiction writing. It was during my time at Columbia that I enrolled in my first photography courses and fell in love with the artistic process, learning how to develop negatives and print my pictures from scratch. I also thoroughly studied film during this time, and it influenced my style to have a more "cinematic" quality. Straight out of college, I was published in Photographer's Forum's college anthology of "Upcoming Photographers," winning an honorable mention for one of my portraits. Since then, my horse racing photography has been published on SI.com, ESPN.com, NTRA.com, TwinSpires.com, Brisnet.com, Bloodhorse.com, Trainer Magazine, American Turf Monthly, and featured on TVG and ABC. I have shot as a credentialed photographer at nearly all of the major race tracks across America, from Saratoga Race Course to Santa Anita Park, and my photos are featured regularly in racing publications. Locally, my photos have also been published in the Champaign-Urbana arts and entertainment magazine Smile Politely and local print papersThe News-Gazette and The Hub.
My goal is to shoot images of people, animals, events, and occasions in their truest form, and to capture the emotion and power of the moment, whether it be witnessed by a million people or only noticed by me. No matter the subject matter, my photographs tell a story. I am based in Champaign, Illinois, but I love traveling all over the country and will come to you! Please do not hesitate to contact me about my rates.