Young but Always Dreaming
My first visit to the west coast
I chose my first career choice when I was only at the young age of three. I wanted to accomplish the near impossible dream of becoming a marine biologist. More specifically, develop a bond with a killer whale - a species that has inspired me more than any other. I come from a family of blue collar workers, architects, artists, and most importantly: creative minds. My family quickly discovered that I had received these qualities - I was drawing every day and I didn't stop until I was a senior in High School. The world of art was always an option for myself to enter into but I wanted to keep my dream. Anything that involves animals, domestic and exotic, bland and vibrant, were and always will be a passion of mine. In the very early years of my adult life, zoo design came to mind. The field was incredibly competitive but I know the zoo world would love what my mind would have to offer. After graduating from Moeller High School in 2014, I attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in hopes to achieve a degree in architecture. A few months before my graduation, I received my first digital camera for Christmas. I cannot recall why I grew an attraction to photography but I believe I just desired another hobby. I don't recall my reasoning but I will never forget my first animal portrait - a female Andean Condor at the Cincinnati Zoo.
In Wisconsin, not even a year into my Freshman year, I had a career change once again. My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Chicago, my third visit at the time. Upon arrival, I split with the group and took a 5 mile walk to the world famous Shedd Aquarium. Other than the Brookfield Zoo, it's the attraction I seek most when visiting the city. After waiting in line for 1.5 hours, I have finally entered through the historic looking doors and headed towards their greatest attraction. This aquarium offers unobstructed views of both Pacific white-sided dolphins, and beluga whales. Some times, in the above ground viewing, the whales would stop in their tracks to "talk" and or chirp towards guests. It's always an amazing experience when another species seems to be communicating with you.
On the side, I have a small but growing business in the portrait photography business. I offer a service of professional quality but I will never ask for too much on the price. It is my job and my goal to make the client smile - and I'm glad that holding just a camera can do that. My portrait related work can be seen in the next page. For the summer, I am only available on Sundays. I offer both digital files and personally made prints. $80-100 for the files and $130-150 for prints. $300 for wedding services. The amount of these products are not based on price - I will offer an unlimited amount of my time and individual photos. I am based in Cincinnati/West Chester, OH and I am willing to travel within the tri-state.