'Words paint pictures, and pictures tell stories. Everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.'
Those words from a professor shaped my career as a newspaper, national magazine and documentary photojournalist over the past 35 years.
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 the human condition, including disability and gender diversity. They are my 'why.'
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 newspaper and magazine assignments over my career sharpened my skills and prepared me for the work I'm doing now, as a staff photojournalist, writer and documentary filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.
I love what I do and look at every day as a fresh opportunity to make a difference.