I'm a photojournalist, photo editor, artist, athlete, and student. That seems like a lot of things to be, but I've learned that what I do brings them all together.
Right now, I'm attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. I work for the 100-year old student newspaper, The Montana Kaimin as the photo editor and social media manager.
I started photographing when I was 12, as a way to create art from the light and lines that surrounded me. At first, it was plants, animals, and landscapes. My lens quickly turned toward others: people in their lives, settings, and moments.
I chose to study photojournalism because I knew it was the way to use my art to make a difference. I view journalism as a form of education, and I can think of no better way to teach than by showing.
I threw myself into the Kaimin newsroom my first semester of college, and I never looked back. My first year at the Kaimin taught me that I could be a photojournalist.
Now, my second year at the Kaimin is teaching me that I need to work hard to make that a reality. Late nights in the newsroom, early morning alarms, much harsh critique and many mistakes in- I still love what I do.
Aside from the Kaimin, I have bylines in the Missoulian and have freelanced for the Salt Lake Tribune.
At the moment, I am working on expanding into video and design, practicing with more flexible, multi-media forms of storytelling across multiple platforms. Journalism is more innovative than its ever been, and that what I want to be part of.