Professional editorial & commercial photographer with a background in writing & 20 years' experience, based in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.
From 1999 to 2016 I was staff photographer for the Pittsburgh City Paper, a regional alternative newsweekly publication, working on assignments that ranged from straight journalism (everything from sports to politics) to studio shoots with a team of stylists that appeared on the magazine cover week after week. (printing 52 issues a year, that's a LOT of covers!) Concurrent to working on weekly deadlines for those past 17 years, I also built a freelance photography business, and was a founding contributor to the glossy regional food & lifestyle quarterly Table Magazine, where I served as principal photographer for its first 9 years of publication.
I love people and am a seasoned portraitist, sincerely engaged in the process of getting to know my subjects, finding out what motivates them, and working with them to express their internal spirit outwardly through their image. I have a cozy studio but chiefly, I work on location, thriving on the adventure of exploring new spaces and finding the light. I am adept at editorial image-making in a wide range of subject areas and love the challenge of conceptualizing imagery for photo-illustration and storytelling.
I have a B.A. in English with a minor in French from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and I reside in Pittsburgh. In the past few years, I have begun teaching basic photography to adult students, most recently doing workshops at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PFPCA) as well as leading a team teaching effort for high schoolers in Soweto, South Africa, in 2015 as part of the Kliptown Photography Project: http://www.kliptownphotography.com/