I like to call myself an international vagabond. I was born in northeastern Russia, in a little town on the Sea of Japan.
My American dream started in 1988, when my parents fled communism and came to the US. I was the first in many generations in my family to graduate from college. While in college I lived in Spain and Germany, studying Spanish, German and even picking up French. After college I pursued a career in politics. For a number of years I worked for the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, holding key positions and working closely with several well-known US Senators and Congressmen. My dream was to work in the White House one day.
I've always loved photography, learning early on from my father, who continues to be an avid photographer. I still cherish those childhood moments spent together with my Dad in a dark room developing images, bringing them to life. One day I decided to abandon my political goals and follow my passion.