First and foremost, I approach photography the same as a writer--as a storyteller. My mission is helping others tell their story. As a photographer, the images must capture more than a pleasing image, it must say something about the person, the event or location. Sometimes, it takes a series of images to tell the story, like a photo essay. I want the viewer, or my customers, to respond to the images with a positive feeling, to smile or laugh a little at what's going on in the photo, to be reminded of fond memories, or to just express great satisfaction.
Secondly, photography is a tremendous tool and method to bring people together, to find a common ground of understanding. It is to this end that I have been a life-long student of human behavior, and a documentarian of shared experiences.
Thirdly, photography enhances my writing, as writing enhances my photography. To me, both are essential tools to telling complete stories.