Photo Credit: Tyler Keehn Cleveland
I was born and raised in Cypress, California. I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and majored in information systems. After I was done with school, I found a job working for a Internet-hosting company. I am currently working there as a network engineer.
My story into photojournalism started when I went to a museum called, the Newseum in Washington D.C. The museum had a photo gallery of all the Pulitzer-award-winning photos. I was going through a roller coaster full of emotions at the gallery. I cried, shook my fist in anger and smiled all within a hour's time. I came away inspired by stories and images on display there. After seeing that, I realized how powerful images and multi-media could be on people. I wanted to give people that feeling of emotions that I felt and help contribute to our society.
I currently attend the University of North Texas. I am a senior, majoring in photojournalism. While going to school, I was fortunate enough to work on the Heart of Mexico project twice. It was a great learning experience, it helped honed my multi-media skills and realize that there is so much of the world I want to discover.
I am always looking to improve my visual storytelling in anyway that I can or find ways that will open up more doors to stories. For example, I am studying to be fluent in Spanish and have been working on my flying skills with unmanned aerial vehicles. Later, I would like to learn Japanese and Mandarin. It's all about having fun, making a difference in the world and being the best visual storyteller that I can be.
Dr. Myles Munroe said, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”