'Everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.' Those words from a professor shaped my career as a newspaper, magazine and documentary photojournalist over the past 35 years.
Words paint pictures, and pictures tell stories.
I produce stories and films with a goal of reshaping the way society views those who are different -- and 'different' covers a wide spectrum on the human condition, including gender diversity and disability.
The truth is, we are all unique, and we each have gifts.
I focus on struggles and victories of those who have been shunned, misunderstood, ignored and sometimes feared.
Hundreds of magazine assignments over my career sharpened my skills and prepared me for the work I'm doing now, as a staff photojournalist and filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.