My entry into photography occurred when my father, the sheriff of a small town in Texas, asked me to make pictures for him at a crime scene one day when he was short-handed. From then on, I spent my high school afternoons photographing accidental death, robbery, vandalism, and any other part of my fathers work that needed documenting. I took to photography and soon became the family photographer as well. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in television and radio production at Texas Christian University, I was fortunate enough to be accepted in the graduate program in the photography department at Yale University where I studied with Richard Benson and Tod Papageorge. Yale's program trained me in photography production and critique, and this dual emphasis taught me to respect the art for its honesty, precision, and profundity.