Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been doing this work?
A life-long storyteller, I honed my writing and photography skills as a student at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, where I also learned audio and video production. I graduated with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in Spanish.
I have been working as a professional photographer, videographer, and writer since 2011. I began specializing in documenting field work, research expeditions, and other international adventures in 2015.
You call yourself an "adventurer". What do you mean by that?
I am an avid trail runner, rock climber, mountaineer, and scuba diver.
"Being adventurous" means different things to different people, but this is what it means to me: I am ready and willing to go to the ends of the earth to capture a good story. I'm prepared—physically, mentally and logistically —for whatever may come my way while working in remote locations, especially when things don't go as planned.
What are your core values?
Tenacity, resiliency, and adaptability are the values I hold close during field work and expeditions.
In addition to highlighting experiments and research objectives, I always try to capture the humanity behind the science—personal motivations, challenges, long-term goals, determination, and grit.
Where are you located?
Central North Carolina is home base, but I spend the majority of my time traveling. In 2018, I spent over 200 days in other places, including 105 days living and working at sea.
With a current passport, a clean bill of health, and a few well-worn pairs of boots and backpacks, I am available to work on projects anywhere in the world.
Do you collaborate with other photographers and videographers?
Absolutely! While I often work independently, I always welcome the opportunity to work as part of a team.
If you are a photographer or videographer looking to collaborate on a project, I would love to hear from you.
I am a professional photographer, videographer, writer, and adventurer.
Whether I'm working with scientists in the field or folks in the outdoor industry, I use vibrant visuals and compelling writing to promote adventurous spirits, diligence, and discovery.
Over the past five years, I have worked with a wide variety of scientists on both domestic and international projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Topics I have covered include geophysics, astronomy, biology, oceanography, and public health.
I have accompanied research teams on expeditions as close as the Outer Banks of North Carolina and as far away as the Antarctic Peninsula.
What equipment do you use?
Canon bodies and lenses, a GoPro Hero 6, along with various GoPro attachments and accessories. I also have a DJI Phantom 3 professional drone and a Nauticam underwater housing.
What certifications do you have?
PADI Open Water scuba diver (with current DAN insurance)
PFI Freediver (Level One)
Wilderness First Responder (including current CPR)
FAA UAS Remote Pilot
What is your favorite science topic to cover?
While I love documenting all kinds of science, I am particularly fascinated by the inner workings of our planet, including geophysics, volcanology, and chemosynthesis in the deep ocean.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Mountaineering and scuba diving. In both my personal and professional life, I regularly alternate between the ocean and the mountains.
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