Previously, I worked with National Geographic
Editor-at-Large for Photography Michael "Nick" Nichols
. In addition to producing his stories for The Magazine, I managed the production of his books, exhibits, organized lecture appearances, and maintained his archive of over one million images. Nick is the best wildlife photojournalist working today. His innovative techniques and incomparable patience to get the perfect image inspired me every day.
I helped grow the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
in Charlottesville, VA from its early years as a festival start-up to one of the most acclaimed and celebrated photography festivals in the world. My role was to oversee the production of all the exhibits, live on-stage artist interviews, digital projections, and educational workshops each year. It was a frantic pace for 6 years but also an honor and an immensely valuable experience to collaborate with such a wide array of artists.
As a photographic coordinator at National Geographic magazine
, I developed my passion for story development and learned the processes behind producing a world-renowned monthly magazine. There is no better publication for photography than NGM (in my humble opinion) and working here was something I aspired to since I was a young kid.
farmers markets, leather boots, dancing (in the club, in a studio, or in my living room), walking and walking and walking in a new city, my family (Bob
writes about oil and natural gas, Joan
is an artist, my two brothers, Anthony
, are both musical geniuses. they all keep me on my toes), hunting for hot springs
, Tame Impala, learning to play my guitar, a perfectly composed photograph
, good decaf coffee (gave up the caffeine but can’t give up the ritual), HBOGo (thanks mom and dad!), reading The New York Times and contemporary novels
, staying up on technology news, chocolate (and not in a casual way, this is a serious relationship between me and chocolate), elephants
, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, iPhone photography, vinyasa yoga classes, Bob Dylan
, my godson Sam, scuba diving
(Mozambique and Honduras so far but the world is wide), cross country skiing, Deerhoof, festivals (films, photography
, pie, everything is worth celebrating at some point), searching for treasures in thrift and antique stores (but I want them cheap and authentic!), wearing scarves like a French girl, exploring the depths of five element acupuncture
(with a trained professional, of course), National Geographic
magazine, Pfeiffer Beach, Roy Orbison karaoke
, running around or along bodies of water (reservoirs and rivers in VA, Lake Merritt is a current favorite in CA), The Byrds, cooking delicious and simple whole food recipes from Smitten Kitchen
(but not grocery shopping), back-country hiking
and camping (Glacier National Park
is the current champion of the world but again, the world is wide), drinking a little too much wine with my friends
, and on and on and on.