'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.
I constantly ask myself two questions on any given story: "Who is my audience, and why should they care?"
I love what I do and look at every day as a fresh opportunity to make a difference.