A photojournalist is a visual storyteller, using images instead of words to convey the story. Photojournalists never stage a photo, but capture real life events as they occur. Using a creative eye, sharp reporting skills and a tremendous about of hustle to be in the right place at the right time.
I had a passion for photojournalism right from the start— working for my high school newspaper, and lucky to have had great mentors in the business. I worked my way through college as a freelancer for the Louisville Courier Journal and national news publications such as Time and Newsweek. After college, working at large metropolitan newspapers around the country as a staffer, immersed me into every imaginable situation. From sport to riots to politics and more. I loved the variety and the pressure of thinking on my feet. Making amazing photographs of real people, events, sports, breaking news and celebrities.
Eventually I left the news business and became a contract photographer at Sports Illustrated. There I traveled the country covering the world’s most famous sporting events including The Kentucky Derby, The Super Bowl, NBA Championships, The Olympics, Collegiate Football PGA Tour and NASCAR. I also made portraits of some of the most famous athletes in the world and worked on in-depth investigative sports stories as well.
I’ve enjoyed each step of my career and still get excited whenever the phone rings for my next adventure. I’m doing so many different things now it’s still very refreshing to create. A photojournalist is always looking for the moment, that one moment in time, that captures the emotion, action or locations in the best light — that’s when you know you’ve hit a home run!