Year: 1991

Before Camera Era

Two Italian immigrants gave birth to their second daughter in Rexburg, Idaho, the heart of potato country. I remember grasshoppers casting their shadows across my little arms in the sunlight, our mobile home, and our multitude of cats. We left for Oregon when I was 3.

Year: 1997

Age: 6

Before Camera Era

My days in Oregon were over. There I had what I would describe as a truly American childhood: picking and pitting cherries for cherry pie, lemon lollipops that reminded me of the sun on rainy days, and playing on the trampoline at our friend's home next to their garden of carrots, strawberries, and raspberries. All this I would have to leave behind for the future promises of Los Angeles where no more would I fill buckets with blueberries or eat blackberries from the bush in our backyard. It would not be a leap to assume that berries trigger a deep sense of nostalgia for me, an example of how memory is a powerful tool for reaching into the minds of people. Images can do that, too.

Year: 2002

Age: 11

Camera: Nikon FM-1

Enrolled in a black and white darkroom class with my sister at summer camp in sunny Pasadena, California, my first experiences with the camera involved shooting photographs of my cats and blurry images of mating squirrels. It may not have been obvious to me then, but the spell had been fatefully cast.

Year: 2003 

Age: 12

Camera: 2MP Canon Powershot A60

A summer camp digital photography course at Vassar College in New York taught me a few key things, the most important of those being 1) fill the frame, and 2) there's more to Photoshop than the twirl effect. I also learned that I could shoot my own images to play with in Photoshop rather than taking others from online, thus giving me more creative control than random photographs of St. Bernard puppies ever could. From then on exploring what I could do in camera and on the screen became a vehicle for fantasy.

Year: 2006

Age: 14

Camera: 5.1MP Sony DSC-H1

In high school years, misery, and this time studying biology at summer camp in Santa Barbara, my photographic escapades on the beaches and in the dorms of UCSB were all I had to keep depression from staining every inch of me inside and out. Websites such as DeviantArt and Flickr became islands of refuge and constant inspiration, even if my skills had yet to catch up with those of my online comrades as well as my imagination. By now photography and I had passed the point of no return.

Year: 2007

Age: 15

Camera: 8MP Canon Rebel XT

No more summer camps, no more high school, no more compact cameras. I spent a formative six weeks of my summer visiting family in Italy with my mother and my first DSLR in anticipation of my attending Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in the fall as one of its youngest students. My upgraded gear allowed me to do more with my self portraits than ever before, and Italy's sun, air, and earth elevated my senses. The hot spring hotels of Abano Terme and forests of Sabaudia were my playground and I was more prolific than ever.

Year: 2009

Age: 17

Camera: 21.1MP Canon 5D MKII

In the nearly two years previous my art school excursion had come quickly to an end, I had relocated with my mother to small-town Montana, and had worked for five months in the local grocery store to save for the Canon 5D MKII. Now I had returned to Los Angeles to study, my future uncertain and my friends being only those I had met online through photography networks. My loneliness never bothered me: I had two legs, my camera, and my sense of escapism.

Year: 2011

Age: 20

Camera: 21.1MP Canon 5D MKII

My life outside of my mind began to grow. As a music major my friends were (and are) singers and instrumentalists, and my first opportunities for photographing clients were born of musicians. I became ever curious about capturing the art inside the people around me and making them smile at themselves through my lens. That's been my drive ever since.

Year: 2015

Age: 23

Camera: Mamiya C330 Professional S

Several catalysts in my life led me to yearn for change, for new frontier, and thus, quite organically, I began integrating film into my workflow until digital was almost entirely pushed out. Though I've never been afraid of film before, diving deeply into this world provides me with incredible amounts of learning, wonder, and new aesthetics. Only a few times has my digital camera been touched, and I've reduced my work to only that which pleases my heart and soul.


After a childhood of solitude welcoming people into my life has been a quiet, confusing, wondrous adventure of interest. My experiences are the road map for what I love to capture in people: I'm always chasing that Italian sun, that artful smile, that elegant glow. And for myself I'm always on the journey to create something beautiful out of thin air. Subtlety, honesty, boldness, sensuality...I want to capture it all from you to me.

Life is a gift. Photography has given me life. I want to create photographs that make my subjects think, 50 years from now, "I'm grateful someone captured me so wonderfully during that time of my existence." Whether it's digital or film, instant or otherwise, I'm grateful for every human being that stands in front of my lens.

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