I was born in Ecuador and came to the United States when I was very young. After graduating high school I decided college wasn't the right fit for me at that time. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps because the Iraq conflict had just started. I distrusted the media and the conflicting reports coming back from the conflict and I wanted a 1st hand account. In the Marine Corps I became a Reconnaissance Marine. The road to becoming a Reconnaissance Marine was long and difficult.
My training consisted of intense physical exertion and considerable interactions with photographic equipment and becoming proficient with it. I had taken a few photography courses in high school so I became the platoon's documentarian and site documentarian. What I experienced in Iraq opened my eyes to different world and I knew why photography is such an important tool in documenting history. My time in the Military also allowed me to travel and interact with all sorts of individuals.
After my military service I attended the University of Berkeley and studied political science. I felt like it was the next logical step in life. I can's say that it was but I met some very good friends at university and around the community. I was fortunate enough to meet my friend Joseph and his wife Yuri Shibuya. Yuri has been instrumental in helping me progress my photography.