Bio & Personal Statement

Bio

Photo by Jack Getman

Photo by Jack Getman

I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, where, thanks to my father,  I spent a lot of time in the woods. This time was pivotal in determining where my life would go from there, including attending Virginia Tech and earning a BS in Natural Resource Recreation and Forestry. I grew to love the outdoors even more and constantly sought out adventures near and far. Eventually, I started to take photographs of all the places I would visit.

During my time in NC as a wilderness therapy counselor, I realized that the best, and possibly only way to inspire children to both enjoy and care for the natural world was through the realm of visual media. I returned to school and in 2009 graduated from University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a BA in Film Studies.

Following that, I earned an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Moving to Montana has provided me with ample opportunities to photograph some of the most amazing natural places in the world.

Personal Statement

My primary goal is to simply tell the stories that our universe has to tell. I hope to inspire people through the use of visual media, letting the images and information spell out their own beauty. I see myself as merely a messenger, here to showcase the many amazing wonders of the world around us, on both a macro and micro level. I believe that children are the key to our future and that we must do everything we can to encourage exploration and innovation to solve the problems we face now and in years to come. I hope to serve as a catalyst for this inspiration, in both children and adults. I want to create content that stirs the imagination and allows for reflection on the world around us.

 

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”     –Aldo Leopold