'Everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.' Those words from a professor shaped my career as a magazine, newspaper and documentary photojournalist over the past 35 years
I've learned that people are often afraid of what they don't understand.
I've always had a passion for making pictures and telling stories that expose, reveal, enlighten and encourage.
Words paint pictures, and pictures tell stories.
I'm drawn to social justice and human rights issues, but I love any good story that pulls the readers in and gives them something to talk about later.
My focus in recent years has been the disability community, producing stories of struggles and victories of those who have been shunned, misunderstood, ignored and sometimes feared.
The hundreds of magazine assignments over my career sharpened my skills and prepared me for the work I'm doing now as a photojournalist and filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.
I produce stories and films with a goal of reshaping the way society views those who are different -- and 'different' covers a wide spectrum of society, humanity, gender diversity and ability.
We only have one life to live -- and it's now.
I try to make a difference in what I do as a journalist, using all the tools available to make every day count.