My Story

Son of an African-American father and Italian mother.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent my toddler years in Los Angeles, Kansas, Georgia, and here and there across the United States (a result of being in a military family).

My elementary school years were enjoyed in Germany, followed by middle school and junior high in Italy.

 

High school I attended in Kansas however, where I later enrolled at Kansas State University.

Attempting to finish a double major in Public Relations & Theater + a double minor in Theater & Women’s Studies + a B.A. in Italian + being enrolled in the ROTC  program + DJ’ing nights at the local station + too many road trips = me dropping out of school completely confused after 3 years because I had no clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life.

2001 brought many new changes for me, not only the birth of my beautiful daughter, Jaida, but also the decision to move to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

For five years I pursued acting, writing, and every other form of “the arts” I could get my hands on while maintaining a multitude of freelance jobs in the nightlife and service industry. Along with the hunger for “all things artistic” came the desire to make photography a major part of my life. Although it had been a hobby of mine for many years since my college days, it became my profession in 2006. I dove headfirst into this new world and created a small name (as well as a niche of work) for myself in event and fashion photography, and digital media.

   

In 2011 I accepted a position for a nonprofit organization and discovered a side to photography I had not previously seen; offering my services to people who could use my work to raise money and services for those in need. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of donating my time every year to various organizations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, not only through photography but also the creation of documentaries and short films.

I stayed in NYC until 2015, when I decided to move back to Europe to “get a different perspective” on my life, my career and the world in general. I’m currently based in Verona, Italy…interrupted only by flights abroad to visit family and friends, or to shoot for clients. Although photography and documentary/short film-making continue to be my life’s passion, I also enjoy a career in teaching.

I am the Photography professor for I.U.S.V.E. university (via the University Studies Abroad Consortium) here in Verona, as well as an English professor for Moodart fashion school. On occasion I also substitute teach for a few of the local high schools.

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