I spent my impressionable years living in Seattle where I began shooting for local newspapers; The Rocket and Seattle Weekly, as well as, the local record label, Sub Pop. I led the life of a freelance editorial photographer for nearly 10 years, with a growing client list, such as MOJO, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Giant Robot, Universal Records, Decibel, Rocksound. With musicians being the majority of my work, I naturally wondered about life on the road and became increasingly intrigued by the sacrifices made. This is what led to jumping into vans, then buses, with bands like The Blood Brothers, Refused, A-Trak, Simian Mobile Disco, BLK JKS, and Broken Social Scene. The opportunity to see and document the genuine, candid moments music fans don't see is what kept me on the road for over 8 years. Realizing a band takes their tour manager around the world with them, that's the role I took. I've also traveled strictly as the photographer, capturing what happens on and off-stage rather than being responsible for it. When a person lets down their guard and truly forgets my camera is around, it’s the most sincere compliment.

 

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