ABOUT ME


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My Story

I have been interested in photography and cinema since I was a kid growing up in the suburbs of Boston.  I pretended I was Indiana Jones swashbuckling through jungles and played Masters of the Universe in neighborhood basements.  I watched Star Wars and any musical on endless repeat.  I was hooked on images, both still and moving.  They were so powerful, and I longed to be a part of the world that created them.  I don't remember my first camera model, only that it was the shape of an ice cream sandwich and produced very grainy images.  I didn't care.  I felt the endless possibilities of that camera in my hand.  I could take pictures of whatever I wanted and reveled in that freedom.  In high school, my photography skills got better and I found my favorite subject - kids.  There was an abundance of children in my neighborhood and I babysat for many of them, so I was fortunate to have many subjects!  Kids generally don't get self conscious in front of a camera and show their personalities, which I found a joy to capture.  In college, my focus turned to my major, which was cinema.  I went to the University of Southern California film school and I felt like I had a lot to learn, but still wanted to continue learning about photography.  The film school offered a color photography class which worked with slide film, two things that were completely new to me and where I discovered I really enjoyed taking photographs of flowers and other things in nature.   Once I graduated in 2002, I started working in the film industry as a production assistant on films like War of the Worlds, Syriana, The Departed, Gone Baby Gone and 27 Dresses.  In 2008, I joined the Director's Guild of America as an assistant director and continued to work in film and television on projects like Showtime's Nurse Jackie, HBO's Olive Kitteridge, and films like Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 and Ted.

Me on the set of  Across the Universe , Steiner Studios, New York, fall 2005.  Everyone on set communicates via walkie talkie.  It was my job to keep track of them all!

Me on the set of Across the Universe, Steiner Studios, New York, fall 2005.  Everyone on set communicates via walkie talkie.  It was my job to keep track of them all!

Director Lisa Cholodenko and her unit production manager/assistant director team for the HBO miniseries  Olive Kitteridge .  We won the Director's Guild of America award for best direction for a TV movie or miniseries.  Los Angeles, March 2015

Director Lisa Cholodenko and her unit production manager/assistant director team for the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.  We won the Director's Guild of America award for best direction for a TV movie or miniseries.  Los Angeles, March 2015

Me at Chanonry Point in Inverness, Scotland.

I continued to photograph as a hobby in between film jobs and when I had spare time.  After losing my mother to cancer in 2014, I turned to photography as a creative outlet and a way to handle my grief.  I started to get more serious about my craft and honed my skills, going back to shooting nature, mostly landscapes and flower macro.  I found bird photography through a good friend who is also a birder, when I accompanied him on a couple of trips to wildlife refuges not far from where I live.  After getting a pretty decent shot of a snowy owl in flight, I was hooked!  Wildlife photography has grown to become a real passion, as have environmental causes.  It is a challenging photography genre, but I am at my happiest when I am out in the field shooting subjects who allow me to be in their presence and share a special moment with them.  I love sharing my work with others, so they too may be inspired by the beauty in nature that is around us all the time.

The photo that started it all!  Snowy owl on Crane Beach, Ipswitch, MA in 2015.

The photo that started it all!  Snowy owl on Crane Beach, Ipswitch, MA in 2015.