When I began my career as a journalist, I only wrote. "Photography is someone else's job," I would say to myself. For the longest time I thought pictures were simple, and only useful to break up text or help readers visualize something I found too difficult to put into words.

Wow, could I have been more wrong?

Telling a story with images is extremely challenging.Often times you only have one opportunity to capture a frame that is truly telling. It is easy (I say easy coming from someone who has written for eight years) to describe a cold winter day and people trudging through snow up to their waste. A reporter can look back through their notes and mental images to conjure up words that paint this picture. On the other hand, a photographer has to do this in realtime. The lighting must be right, the timing to catch interesting people (not everyone is photogenic) must be just right, and the photographer must know exactly what they are looking for.

I learned all of this while working under Gary Green, an award-winning photojournalist who spent more than two decades working in the field, at the University of Florida. I began my career with sports, and overtime have expanded into other areas such as entertainment, landscape and nature, and portraits. The challenge of capturing a frame that can illustrate the description in my head drives me to continually work on my craft. I still love to write, but now I take just as much pride in the art that accompanies my words.

Please visit my site dedicated solely to photography to see a complete portfolio of my works.