As a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C. metro area, I have contracts with Reuters, Corbis Images and Religion News Service. I previously worked as a staff photographer at St. Joseph News-Press, a daily newspaper in Missouri. In 2013, I finished in third place in the National Press Photographers Association's photographer of the year point tally in Region 7, which includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. I studied photojournalism and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri on a Fulbright scholarship. I earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Bilkent University in Turkey.