I am so proud to be a member of the CANON family and the Canon Explorers of Light, a program created by Canon for the purpose of educating photographers. This is an elite group of 60 of the USA's best EOS photographers united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. I am also a proud member of the APPLE Aperture Advisory Board.

I'm not a newcomer to the photographic industry. I've been a professional photographer for over 25 years. It was obvious to me at an early age that being a photographer was what I wanted to do with my life!

My passion for photography began back in high school when I became the editor of my newspaper. I then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year. With this came a full time job at a daily newspaper in Chicago and then on to a full time position for 14 years at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

My cameras have always been like a passport into history. I am continually honored when doors open and people invite me in to document their life. While at the paper, I had covered countless amazing events, such as presidential elections, Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls, every religious faith, and many tent revivals. I've traveled around the world to places such as El Salvador, Taiwan, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova and Kenya for human interest stories. I've even had the pleasure of riding to South Dakota on a Harley with the Hells Henchmen for the 50th Anniversary of Sturgis.

I have since moved on from the newspaper industry. Today, I have the privilege of photographing the most important events in my people's lives and I couldn't be more happy to have this honor.