Photographer (Texas Stars)
Texas born and raised, currently a Stars fan, but grew up a Red Wings fan. How does a Texan …
… become a Detroit Red Wings fan? Simple, my dad was from Grand Rapids, MI and he raised me as a Wings fan. I’ll never forget attending my first playoff game, because it was at The Joe, and it went to triple overtime! It was Game 2 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals, Red Wings vs. Ducks. From that point on, I was hooked on going to games, and once we got home to Dallas, we started to go to more Stars games, especially when the Red Wings were in town. Through the years, I’ve gone from a casual fan of the sport, to basically hockey obsessed. My love for photography started on a family vacation where I stole my mom’s point and shoot camera to start photographing mostly nature. It escalated into my mom getting me my first DSLR one Christmas. In 2014, my mom won tickets to the Mike Modano retirement game, and I decided that I was going to take my camera, and see what I could do. In Dallas, fans can stand on the glass for warm-ups, and this was my first time doing that, and boy oh boy, I fell in love. I didn’t have social media at the time (just a blog for my photos), but I posted some of the photos I had taken, and they somehow made their way to Twitter/Instagram, and someone informed me that a Stars player had used one of my photos. I was like, wow, people like my photos that much? My photos are really that good? (Questions I still ask myself to this day.) Since then I fell even further in love with hockey and hockey photography, as well as the Dallas Stars & Texas Stars.