At age 14 I asked my parent's permission to tell a lie.
You had to be 15 to take on a PT job making subs at a tiny family owned shop across from the Eastern Airlines HQ in Miami. They would say Yes.
The reason? I needed to save up for a camera.
I was watching the world around me teeming with stories that were screaming to be documented.
I needed to preserve them.... and for that, I needed a camera.
Humans, nature, events, I was consumed with capturing everything .
My family couldn't afford a National Geographic subscription, but my retired neighbor could!
I'd spend my spare time with Cucu discussing the articles and day-dreaming of being one of those photographers one day.
Those conversations would set me off on the path to photojournalism.
Fast forward to college. Pursuing a degree in Film and Cinematography.
Everyone was talking about movies.
I was responding to "have you seen...insert latest A-lister movie?" with "No, but have you seen the Nat Geo "Filmmakers" Documentary?!"
For the last 23 years I've documented true stories across the country.
I've been the lens across from President Obama as he gave his first interview as President-Elect to Tom Brokaw. I've stood on a shut-down Brooklyn Bridge when NYC effectively closed down for protests and the RNC, stood outside during 8 Hurricanes, been gator hunting on an airboat. I've also cried with mourning families and witnessed local history unfolding.
Stories and images have the power to spark conversations and initiatives, elevate causes and create awareness.
That is at the heart of my every day. I encourage you to grab your camera, or your phone, and capture your history!
every frame tells a story