My dad almost always carries a camera around with him. He was always making stuff in Photoshop when I was a kid and he taught me how to use it. I remember at one point we made this image of an avocado being beamed down from a flying saucer in a green glow and won 1st place in the California Avocado Festival photo contest.
I spent many years trying to get as far away from my home as I could. The experience that taught me the most was my year in Egypt during the revolution. I think living in tumultuous times teaches one how to realize what's important in life.
Once I decided to pursue photography, I found amazing teachers in the photographers who have, and continue to, hire me to assist them. I will be forever indebted to these photographers who have brought me onto their sets and taught me how to be a photographer through their example.
I studied international development and environmental economics at UC Berkeley. Berkeley inspired my student mentality that I bring to everything I do.