Work & International Experience

Founder Cana Collective

May 2011 – present |

  • Created a collective of documentary professionals who do wedding photography and videography
  • Maintain vision and mission, coordinate member responsibilities

Multimedia Designer and Photographer

June 2002 – present |

  • Help non-profits and small businesses tell their stories in a compelling way through cutting edge multimedia
  • Produce a variety of online projects for diverse clients from corporate to small business
  • Photograph weddings and other events

Africa Revolution: Volunteer in Mamelodi, South Africa

August 2008 – July 2009 |,

  • Engaged in community development and serving the poor alongside a township church
  • Taught web design and photography classes at Powerhouse Ministries & Empowerment Centre
  • Trained indigenous leaders to assume responsibility for teaching to ensure sustainability
  • Produced multimedia stories for online audience

CBC New Media / Multimedia Producer

February 2006 – June 2008 |

  • Produce slideshows, audio slideshows and topical interactive graphics
  • Develop dynamic slideshow, video and weather radar applications to integrate with content management system

AIDS, Poverty & Faith in South Africa: Master’s Thesis

August 2005 – May 2006 |

  • Researched, secured funding and executed multiple independent trips to Mamelodi, South Africa
  • Developed a documentary website with photos and audio exploring AIDS, poverty and faith

UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Graduate Assistant to Assistant Professor Pat Davison

May 2005 – May 2006 |

  • Assisted in teaching photojournalism classes in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Managed grade book
  • Designed, programmed and maintained various websites

The Ancient Way: Changing Traditions in Galicia, Spain

July 2005 |,

  • Documented through photography a tradition with wild horses called “La Rapa Das Bestas”
  • Consulted with audio recordist in gathering and editing content for stories


  • Roy H. Park Master’s Fellow
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Cumulative GPA 3.60
  • Wilkins Scholarship

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Graduated May 2006 with a Master of Arts in Visual Communication (Photojournalism and Multimedia)

The University of the South – Sewanee, TN

Graduated May 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (with Honors)

Specialized Skills


  • Documentary storytelling
  • Portraiture
  • Studio lighting
  • Advanced printing


  • Adobe Flash
  • Actionscript 2.0/3.0
  • XML
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Audacity
  • WordPress Customization
  • OS X / Windows


  • Functional to fluent Spanish

Awards, Honors & Publications

  • Emmy – Midsouth Regional Area
    • Advanced Media Interactivity – 2008: Grocery Cart Tracker:
    • Advanced Media Interactivity – 2007: Video Player (no longer viewable online)
  • SNDies (Society for News Design: The Best of New Media Design Competition)
  • Horizon Interactive Awards
    • Gold Medal – 2009 – Blog Category: Mamelodi Stories:
    • Bronze Medal – 2008 – Flash Category: Hurricane Tracker (no longer viewable online)
  • Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill, NC, featured portrait in “Picturing The World: Carolina’s Celebrated Photojournalists” exhibit, 2008
  • Chapel Hill Museum of Art, Chapel Hill, NC, featured landscape in “37th Frame: UNC Photojournalism” exhibit, 2006
  • College Photographer of the Year – 2006 – Silver Medal – Individual Online Multimedia: HIV Stories:
  • North Carolina Press Photographer’s Association – 2005 – 3rd place – Illustration: Dancing Determination Photo
  • Atlanta Photojournalism Conference – 2005 – Honorable Mention – Student Portfolio category
  • Book Chapter, “Non-Financial Conflict of Interest” in the American Society for Newspaper Editor’s ASNE 2005 Report
  • Documentary Photojournalism Award, given by UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication for thesis work in South Africa, August 2005
  • Cover Story, “Dust to Dust,” in September 2005 issue of Blue & White magazine about thesis work in South Africa