Experience

President, ultralite films: 2012–Present

Direct strategy and operations of a commercial and documentary film production company. 

freelance photographer/cinematographer: 2007-present

Work on a contractual basis for various national/international publications and broadcast media.

Adjunct instructor, texas a&m university: 2013- present

Develop curriculum and teach an annual two-week “minimester” (3 accredited college hours) covering the business of filmmaking and photography 

public information officer, U.S. Department of homeland security: 2004-2014

Serve as a primary spokesperson for DHS Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) operations during federally-declared natural disasters. Field experience includes managing media and crisis communications before, during, and after major natural disasters.  Serve as a liaison between network programming such as Good Morning America and field events. 

technical information specialist, texas task force 1 2005-2014

Facilitate reconnaissance and rescue operations for the most activated federal search and rescue team in the United States. Provide reconnaissance GPS, photographic, and video intelligence to search squads during federally-declared natural disasters to assist in locating victims while mitigating additional casualties. 

 

Work Published / Broadcast

National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, Newsweek, Outside Magazine, CNN, BBC, Der Spiegel

 

Author 

“Urban Search and Rescue: Texas Task Force One” 

A 138-page book (soft and hard cover) distributed internationally through major retailers. Published by Texas A&M University Press. Copyright 2011

 

 

Accolades

2017, Official film selection Telluride Mountainfilm, 5 Point, and Hill Country film festivals

2016, American Advertising Association (AAF) Bronze in Cinematography                                     

2015, American Advertising Association (AAF) Gold in Commercial Broadcast Advertising, Best in Show in Brand Storytelling                                                                                                                            

2015, Official film selection Crossroads film festival                                                                                

2014, American Advertising Association (AAF) Best in Show in Brand Storytelling, Best in Show Cinematography, Gold in Web Storytelling

2012, Texas State Capitol Rotunda “Masters of Disaster” photographic exhibition

2011, George Bush Library “Masters of Disaster” photographic exhibition

2007, J. Wayne Stark Galleries “Masters of Disaster” photographic exhibition                                                                   

2006, BBC International Photographer of the Year Top-3 Finalist

 

Member

Texas A&M University Curriculum Advisory board member - Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (2014 - present)

American Advertising Federation member (2013 - present)                      

Austin Film Society member (2015 - present)                                                                         

U.S. DHS Public Affairs Work Council board member (2010 - 2013) 

American Society of Media Photographers member (2007 - 2013) 

 

Education

Texas A&M University, BA, Journalism, 2003                                                                                

Weatherford College, AS, 2000