I began my career photographing housewares for Stearns Department Store in New York City. It wasn’t my dream job, but it made me realize that I loved photography, even if I was only shooting spoons. I was exposed to the work of Mary Ellen Mark, the renowned international documentary photographer, and was immediately inspired by the way she captured beauty within grit. After discovering her old studio in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, I contacted her office; became her intern; and found the inspiration to become a documentary photographer myself.

Soon after my internship was over I left for Europe with a brand new Nikon camera and hundreds of rolls of film. When I returned three months later, I had a portfolio and landed my first job as a photojournalist. Since then, my pictures have appeared in Fortune Magazine, Der Speigel, The Washington Post, and newspapers throughout the country via the Associated Press. I am currently an on-location photographer for Fox Television shows So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Most Wanted, and Master Chef.

After having my first child in 2009, I turned my camera from sports, politicians and far off countries to my newborn. With an eye trained to capture the “decisive moment,” I began to document the vanishing stages of childhood and family life. I understand the shock, awe and amazement when looking into your baby’s eyes. Those were profound moments in my life and I like that my job allows me to witness that moment again and again. I feel honored to momentarily step into the lives of so many different types of families. It’s also reassuring to see that I am not the only one with wild little ones!