Born in Nairobi, Kenya, on an otherwise unremarkable day in October of 1985, I spent my first five years living in East Africa before moving to Geneva, Switzerland. I have also called Harare, Zimbabwe and Canberra, Australia my home. Stateside I've bounced between the Washington DC metropolitan area, Central New Jersey, Brooklyn NY, Boston MA, and small towns in the Rocky Mountains.
From a young age, my lifelong ambition had been to become a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Sadly, in spite of my best efforts, my life went in a different direction.
By means of unknown celestial phenomena, or perhaps too much absinthe getting passed around the admissions office, I matriculated at Princeton University for my higher education. At Princeton, I spent many hours playing in sandboxes as an NCAA Div-I long & triple jumper on the track team. I graduated cum laude in 2008 with two receipts: one labeled "Sociology" and the other "Environmental Studies." I also received the 2007 Becky Colvin Memorial award for independent research, and the 2008 Myers award for maintaining the highest GPA on the varsity track and field team, although I suspect those selections were actually conducted by Ouija Board.
Growing up mostly in Africa inculcated a penchant for high octane athletic pursuits. When not teasing black mambas or riding bareback on wild cape buffalo, I enjoyed playing rugby, field hockey, track & field, and squash. In high school, at Canberra Grammar School in Canberra, Australia, I kept up with the rugby and track & field, but traded in riding buffalo for herding kangaroo and wombats.
At Langley High School, where I graduated (and lamented the dearth of exotic fauna), I was a three sport varsity athlete. I was a starting midfielder on our district champion lacrosse team, and captain on the district champion track & field team (indoors and outdoors). I found the most success in the ungainly and masochistic event of the triple jump, where I won the state championship, placed 5th at the Penn Relays (and 3rd out of the Americans), and in my senior year would be briefly ranked as the top high school triple jumper in the country.
I passed up several scholarship opportunities to apply to Princeton University, where I was admitted and competed as a short sprinter & jumper all four years. Battling chronic injury that seems endemic to triple jumpers, I still managed to earn All-Ivy status, and graduate as the 3rd farthest triple jumper in university history.
After university, and without a track and field career to be concerned about, I moved to the Rocky Mountains and embraced my transformation into a big mountain powder hound, on both skis and snowboard.
Longing for competitive athletics again, I picked up skeleton, the sport where an athlete slides head first down a serpentine chute of ice at over 80mph. Combining my appreciation for winter sports with my athletic abilities in track & field and my nostalgia for riding cape buffalo, I joined the team as an Olympic development athlete.
In the fall of 2014 I qualified for my first US National Team, ranked #5 in the country at the US National Team Trials. In the following year's team trials I finished ranked #2 in the country and qualified for the World Cup circuit for the first time. At the 2016 World Championships for skeleton, hosted in Igls, Austria, I finished as the top ranked American racer and #8 in the world. In the fall of 2016, I requalified for the the US National Team & World Cup team ranked as #2 in the country again.
On two separate occasions while bemusedly perambulating through New York City, I was approached by talent scouts who tried to recruit me as a model. Unfortunately I was still in college at the time, and the bylaws of NCAA amateur athletics forbid modeling, among other things. My endeavors in vapid solipsism would have to be put on hold until after graduation. I was having too much fun playing in my sandbox anyway.
Sometime after graduating and trading in my sandbox for bowls of high-alpine snow, I signed non-exclusively with Sports+Lifestyle Unlimited, a talent agency geared specifically for athletes and lifestyle models. I later signed with the fine folks at Model Club Inc. for East Coast representation, and a better glimpse into the commercial side of modeling.
Most of my modeling is in the sports & fitness sector, since I entered the modeling world on my athletic chops. However, I also venture into the lifestyle and commercial sectors, as many clients find my ethnically ambiguous "look" an asset. I've never done fashion modeling, and know nothing about that segment of the market apart from what I learned watching the award winning documentary "Zoolander."
My career as a photographer started almost by accident. During my sophomore year at Princeton, my friend Marty Taylor was scheduled to photograph a baseball game, but had a last minute scheduling conflict. He offered me the opportunity to cover the game in his stead, and with it he lent me about $3,000 worth of professional Nikon equipment. I was hooked.
My junior year, I applied for a position in VIS 315, an advanced seminar in Digital Photography with Andrew L. Moore. Although I hadn’t taken the prerequisite courses, I was able to talk my way into the seminar by showing the interviewer my budding portfolio. It was under Andrew’s tutelage that I formally learned about color theory, composition, and many other nuances of photography.
That same year I configured Apache Web Server on a $400 Acer desktop PC and launched my own photography website from my dorm. Selling hardcopy prints, digital media, and free-lancing on the side, I turned my website into a successful business that I operated until graduation.
During my senior year, my photo “A Generation” was a winner of Princeton University’s “What Is Family?” photography competition.
Later in 2008, I was a finalist for the Smithsonian sponsored Windland Smith Rice “Nature’s Best Photography” competition, an international contest with over 25,000 entries.
Most of my clients are individuals and families, but other clients include: The Discovery Channel, Half-Yard Productions, Windstar Productions, Adecco USA, The US Olympic Committee, The US Bobsled & Skeleton Federation, ArmoryTrack.com, HepsTrack.com, The College Squash Association, and Princeton Alumni Weekly.