I currently live in the beautiful state of Utah, but I’m always on the move! I grew up in the Midwest, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati is probably one of the few cities in Ohio with a climbing community since it’s so close to the famed Red River Gorge, however, I didn’t grow up climbing or doing anything that outdoorsy.
I worked seasonal jobs out of highschool, I didn’t go to college, I knew it wasn’t for me. I got a shoulder injury within my first year of climbing, when I was recovered I decided I’d take 6 months off to solely climb, no work. Eventually, I ran out of money and was contemplating what I should do with my life, what can I do where I can make my own schedule and continue to climb? I thought massage therapy school maybe? Talked about it with my boyfriend at the time and his response was “that’s a dumb idea, you should just be a photographer” I was a little hurt by his response, becoming a photographer felt like an impossible way to make a living at the time, but I decided to try anyways. I was drawn to taking photos of climbing because it was what I was doing everyday, it made sense, it’s what all my friends do. It’s a way for me be active and make money. The digital world is constantly changing and growing so photography is a way for me ALWAYS have something to do and something to learn.
I use a Sony A7Rii for most of my work, along with a few lenses. When I’m trying to travel REALLY light and fast I use a Sony RX100. The A7Rii is known for poor battery life, I have 10 batteries, they’re small and light and I have yet to run out of battery life!
Embrace the fear and challenges you may have about this first adventure, whether it’s moving to a new place, going on your first hike, climb or backing trip, whatever it may be, you will grow as an individual!
This year has been full of projects already, I documented my friend Katie Bono setting the women’s speed record on Denali (North America’s tallest peak), travelled to the Arctic Circle in Greenland to document professional mountain runner Kelly Halpin testing her skills and endurance, next month I’m off to India with two professional women climbers to document a first ascent in the Himalayan mountains and this winter I’m headed to Antarctica to climb beautiful granite towers!
Travel is a huge aspect of my work, and that I own a camera I look at everything differently, I’m always imagining how what I see through my eyes will look like in a still image, how can I make it interesting or unique.