When I decided to become a professional photographer 30 years ago, I had National Geographic in mind. NG photographers used their cameras to explore the world, to learn, and to benefit others from that experience. They created beautiful stand-alone images that stunned viewers and told stories.

Over the last thirty years, I have tried to use that model to develop my career. I have used the camera to watch and learn. That experience has given the opportunity to – among other things – watch dolphins being trained and studied in Hawaii, to cover a three-day wedding in Napa Valley, and to roam the state of North Carolina learning about Tobacco.

Pursuing photography has taught me about the world;  given me the opportunity to learn how to run a business; offered me the daily challenge to be creative and to innovate; and allowed me to become the person I wanted to become in life.