Raised by a painter and film-maker, it was a Canon Rebel and its manual, borrowed from my dad, that began my trajectory of image making that eventually led me to a BFA in photography from CalArts. After college I worked on sets in the art department, slowly climbing the ranks. This led to an offer to join the union as a set dresser, but in a moment of clarity I realized that if I were to be happy with my life I needed to be working behind a camera. I signed the paperwork, walked out of the office, and decided never to take another job unless it meant that it would get me closer to being a cinematographer. That was 6 years ago and I have been working behind the camera ever since. I am currently a second year cinematography fellow at American Film Institute.