My passion for photography started at a very young age, though I wouldn't give into my passion until just a few years ago. I grew up in a household with albums upon albums of photos. Photos so old that many of the family members I never even met because they had passed away before I was born. These photos provided a glimpse into the lives of these people that I never had the privilege of meeting. The photos showed me the lives of my parents, and grand parents, and great grandparents before them. I remember seeing a photo of my parents when they were young and realizing for the first time that they too were once kids, teenagers, and young adults before they were 'my parents'. They were people, humans that had fun and made mistakes and lived entire lives. And the same could be said for every single person on this planet. I love getting to know people and have them tell me about their lives. Photography is a way to share stories with others and to document history—both mine and others around me. The inner thoughts that run through each individuals mind intrigues me, the idea that every single person is always having a dialogue with themselves that you will probably never know. I love that taking photos shows a bit of my own inner dialogue and the things I see with others. I love that each photograph means something different to everyone but can touch people in a way words sometimes cannot. I love that it gives me the opportunity to connect with my subjects on a deeper level. I love that I get to save these photos of my history and that they will tell a story of the lives of the people I saw—adventures, animals, family, friends, and strangers alike. Everyone has their own story and I love that photography provides me the opportunity to capture and document a part of it.