"I'm just not the same without the ocean. The water is where I go to reflect, grow, and be challenged. Going full time in photography and surf cinematography started to become a reality after following around 30 surfers on weekends while working a corporate sales job to create a surf documentary. Carolina Surf Film Festival founders encouraged me to go full time after decorating the film with Best Soundtrack and Pioneer Filmmaker Awards. I saved up and invested into the craft. In January of 2019, I ended the sales job, hopped on a few planes, and ended up mentoring at-risk youth through several surf related nonprofits for ten months residing in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. During this adventure, I had the opportunity to go all along the coastline serving as beach marshall for Surfing South Africa and World Surf League Events. After returning to North Carolina in December of 2019, I worked at a smoothie shop from three days back until the night before heading to Oahu. Each step took a leap and dramatically refined and challenged my photography style. Investing in dreams helps to make those dreams a reality. I am thankful for each moment that I get to spend in the ocean creating art that I hope inspires others to cherish time in the ocean."