Part of my series "Dance for the River". A photography series pairing dance with environmental awareness. My goal was to create a visual journey along the Yadkin River, photographing it through the bodies of UNCSA dancers as they engage with it. The project is intended to make us aware of the beauty of the river, but also the current polluted state of it. By putting a human scale to these issues, we are more aware how we play in that balance.
Part of a long term project called "Sacred Rivers" . Hindu men practice their annual ceremony of Shraaven in the Niagara River.
All good southern photographers have a river baptism in their portfolio, right? This one was made close to my home near the Yadkin River in NC.
My most recent project launched in 2018. Dance for the River is a collaboration between myself , UNCSA Dance and the Yadkin Riverkeeper. A photography project that celebrates art and river conservation.
Senior Services brings warm lunches and laughter to the elderly in need.
Blew Velvet is overcome by emotion after getting during Mardi Gras 2017.
Tashlich is an annual casting away of sins ceremony practiced by Jews on rivers. In this image, a man reads scripture before tossing bread into the Hudson River. Bread symbolizes the sins or regrets he would like to cast away.
An angry bull gets the better of two cowboys at a local weekly rodeo.
Horizons offers music as the universal language to adults with disabilities.
Photographed as part of a series "Story of my Life." A look into adult group homes. This was a prom for adults with mental disabilities.
One of my favorite images made backstage during the 2017 summer dance intensives at UNCSA.
Light and motion made this one of my favorite wedding images.
My first hot air balloon ride in NM. This guy crammed 10 of us in one balloon, and I was terrified for my life. But at least I got a nice picture out of the deal.
Not quite a baptism, but a river blessing. I was invited to document this little guy's dedication to the natural world through a river blessing.
The transition into adulthood is an emotional one regardless of the ceremony that celebrates it. A mother is overcome by tears after her daughter was baptized in Skull Creek on Hilton Head Island, SC.
I was in the right place of a wedding ceremony to capture this bride's joy as she jumped into the groom's arms.
I loved the color of the lanterns against the dancers at this wedding reception.
Hands down, one of the most fun stories I've photographed was the St. Anne's Krewe parade during Mardi Gras.
This image was made on a commercial shoot for BOB strollers in Colorado. Even on my commercial shoots, I try to convey a sense of fun and connection.
From my long term project on a three generation tobacco family in Booneville, NC. Landon, at the time of this photograph, was around nine years old and helped his dad and grandfather on a daily basis on the farm.
Lucy can create calm or chaos at the drop of a dime. Here she's got everything under control as her cat Lucky finds a harassment free zone from the dogs while he's in her lap.
David Bass, a local Old Time musician and stay at home dad, makes lunch for his son in his home in Bryson City, NC.
I don't like them either.
This is how my first Mardi Gras felt, images everywhere. Lucky enough to be in the company of the St. Anne's Krewe in 2017.
I always ask kids where their secret places are- so I can fish for unique portraits. Here, a huge backyard tree was her favorite place to read a book.
A hilltop in Costa Rica is bathed in afternoon light.
Stop. The. Car. Cruising into Durango fron NM border, this is how Colorado said hi.
A playful moment between dancer and light
I waited patiently for these two dancers to move behind the light for this image made at a local fair in Costa Rica.
A quick selfie during a community lunch welcoming new refugee neighbors into Winston-Salem, NC.
On the way to the women's march of 2017 in Washington, DC
-Not suggested for daily use. I figured this was a good one for an 'ender image...