I've lived in Memphis for over twenty years, and photography has been and continues to be a large part of my experience here. In fact, photography has been influential in all of my experiences since I was 8 years old. My father fostered my interest in what began as a hobby, and he purchased my first SLR when I was 12. A year after that, the Leaf Chronicle, which is the newspaper in my hometown of Clarksville, published several of my photos on the front page of the "Living" section. I continued to learn and became experienced in developing black and white film and printing those negatives. These darkroom skills were valuable during my years in high school at Clarksville High where I shot and then developed and printed photos for our school's annual. Later, after completing a BBA in Marketing at APSU, I moved to Nashville. There I studied photography at Nashville Tech and continued to learn as I assisted several busy commercial photographers. I decided to move to Memphis in 1999, and a large part of my motivation to locate here is the vast array of so many visually fascinating places in Memphis. Before long, I was shooting for a few of our local publications such as Memphis Magazine and RSVP. Currently I am pursuing a Ph.D. in composition, rhetoric, and technical communication at U of M and continue to provide photographic services here in the Midsouth.