Photography has always been an interest of mine. I got my first film camera when I was about 10 years old and began to explore the world around me. Sometime after that, I moved on to digital photography and in 2011, while backpacking in South East Asia, I purchased a DSLR camera after getting to play around with my friend’s. However, I never took it off auto and reverted to my point & shoot once I got home from my trip.

The next year, I was accepted to the Peace Corps and decided to take only my point & shoot with me. Peace Corps was a time of learning new hobbies due to the abundant amount of down time I had and so after a few months, when my family came to visit for Christmas, I had them bring my DSLR down. Several months went by during which time it remained on my shelf.

It wasn’t until one fateful day, during Carnival in 2014, while walking through the streets of Chitre, Panama, a girl slipped her hand into my side pocket, lifted my point & shoot, and disappeared into the crowd. With no choice but to use my DLSR, I decided it was finally time I learned a bit more about photography. I dived straight into the deep end of the photography world – reading, watching, and taking in everything I could get my hands on.

That was almost two years ago and I continue to enjoy photography and take photos whenever I get a chance.