I have always been intrigued by art and design, but it wasn’t until October of 2014 that I picked up a camera for the first time. Less than 6 months after taking my first photo on a DSLR, I won a statewide competition for photography, which qualified me for nationals. Over 20,000 students went into the photography competition at all the state levels, and I came out with 6th place honors at the national level. This was when I decided I was going to pursue photography not just as a hobby, but as a way to make a living.
Thus two days after orientation for Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati, I decided to change my major to Photojournalism. Within the first week of class, I decided to get involved with the student newspaper, The News Record (TNR). The first event I shot for TNR was a soccer game, which was also the first time I had ever shot sports. I quickly adapted to shooting sports, and became the go-to guy for sports for TNR. By the time second semester rolled around, there was an opening for the Chief Photographer spot. Through all the hard work I put in for sports and other events, I was honored with receiving the position of Chief Photographer for TNR as a freshman.
Through my first three semesters at UC, over 300 of my photos were published in print at The News Record. I covered an array of exciting events like Bill Clinton visiting Cincinnati, the 2016 Men's Basketball American Athletic Conference Championship in Orlando, Florida, covering the pro-soccer team FC Cincinnati, and shooting a Cleveland Cavaliers game.
Currently I am in my second year at UC, but I have decided to take a semester off from college and step down from the Chief Photographer position at TNR. Why you may ask? First and foremost I can't afford to go into further debt. Oh, and I also started a photography business that I'm trying to get to gain more traction.
In September of 2016, I started up a photography business with my friend Michael Millay called Cincy Rooted. We developed in the Cincinnati area and kept on growing very quickly. Thus in the summer of 2017, we changed our name to Rooted Media House, making it easier for us to expand beyond the Cincinnati region, while still staying true to our city by keeping rooted in the name. You can continue to learn about my journey by heading over to our website: www.RootedMediaHouse.com