I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, which pretty much any Phoenician will tell you is the most boring suburb in the U.S. Growing up I always had a fascination with cameras, but never really got my hands on one until I was a senior in high school. From that point on, I haven't been able to stop traveling and capturing the life around me. I take every opportunity I can to get away and shoot. I've become known as a sort of camera geek around my friends and family, but I'm totally cool with that.
MOVIES ARE MY ESCAPE
I have been making narrative films for about 7 years. I started off as a 1st AC and have since started writing and directing my own content. There isn't a lot of demand for directors in Arizona, so I have had to adapt and start creating work for myself. I have directed two festival qualifying / award winning shorts. I still really enjoy working anywhere in camera department. I love the technical and creative challenges of that whole realm.
I've grown up smack in the middle of the digital revolution, but I have always preferred doing things the old fashioned way. I have a great respect for anyone who has the patience to to wait for the perfect shot, like you have to when shooting on film. You only have X amount of chances, after all. I love the thrill of seizing the right moments. Its not just the quality of film or the look of it that I enjoy, but the time it takes to see your own work come to life. Picking up a roll of film is like waking up early on Christmas morning and opening presents.
I feel like my style is constantly changing in the best ways. I'm always trying new things and experimenting, pushing my comfort zones to explore new possibilities. I just love to capture life, I suppose. I love going back to old projects and seeing how much I've been able to develop new looks over time. I'm definitely my own worst critic.