I started my photography career as a photojournalist out of college and I’ve always been drawn to telling a story in pictures. I was thrilled to be asked to accompany the non-profit organization Austin Smiles on their El Salvador trip to repair cleft lip and palates for children born in a country where medical care is scarce. I brought my teenage son with me to experience being around people who have purpose and passion for what they do. The medical staff is comprised of some of the best drs/nurses/speech therapists in Texas and it was an honor to get to photograph their mission. The icing on the cake was having Austin Monthly give us 10 pages filled with my work and their words in black and white. I truly got back way more than I gave and I can’t wait to go back.