I grew up in a bicultural household, with dual citizenship from an American mother with Italian heritage, and a New Zealander step-father. The journey started in a Southern U.S. town outside Atlanta, Georgia however. "Free-range" could describe my childhood, with whole days spent exploring in 'the woods' with my coon dog, building shanty tree forts, coming home covered in mud, boating, fishing, 'Sweet Tea', and riding my bike 'til the fireflies lit up the evening sky. In many respects it was an idyllic childhood. When I was 11 my family and I moved from semi-rural America to metropolitan Brisbane, Australia. There I would spend the next decade embracing the laid back Australian lifestyle and culture. 'Flip flops' became 'thongs', the metric system was a thing, and words like breakfast and afternoon were quickly shortened to 'brekkie' and 'arvo'. I can well and truly say I identify as part Aussie now. Though despite frequent return trips 'across the ditch' to visit American relatives, and time spent interning in Venice, California, I also yearned for an extended experience stateside. Following a slightly extended gap year living and working in New Zealand’s rugged and remote Fiordland National Park and Queenstown, three months backpacking around Japan, and a stint with NGO's in South East Asia, I journeyed back across the Pacific to Salt Lake City to broaden my academics at the University of Utah. In the process I connected with a motley community of adventurous folk, forming lifelong bonds through shared outdoor experiences. This outlet provided a chance to expand on my keen love for the outdoors while developing a repertoire of technical and teamwork skills in skiing, wilderness guiding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. These skills have allowed me to get as close as possible to the action, perform comfortably in remote locations and adverse weather, look after talent and crew on set, and gain an intimate understanding of the outdoor industry.
Based in Washington, USA.