I spent 20 years telling myself that photography should just be an expensive hobby.
The flood gates opened in 2019 when I saw the joy I could spread by showing people the world as I see it.
I was born in a small village in Sierra Leone. My American parents were former Peace Corps Volunteers who had stayed overseas building schools and doing other community development work. I lived in Sierra Leone and Liberia before moving to New Jersey while in elementary school. I bring this up because this is where my compassion and dedication to doing work that matters was hatched.
I first caught the photography bug at The Daily Targum, my college newspaper at Rutgers. But I pursued a different career path in journalism and media. I kept photography as hobby though and spent 20 years improving my skills.
In 2018, my daughter had a serious extend health crisis. She's doing much better now. But it changed all of us.
Life is too short to not do more of what lets you bring joy to the world.