I have experience shooting photos digitally and on film with Canon and Nikon cameras. I learned how to shoot using a Nikon D90 Digital SLR camera under the guidance of Alex Garcia, a Chicago Tribune photographer, in 2011.

Several commuters look down at the street from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Adams and Wabash stop in downtown Chicago to see who screamed.
Chicago Cubs fans support their team during a game against the Chicago White Sox on July 2.
A young man attempts to dunk a volunteer at the Healing the Hood event in Little Village.

The three photos below are from a photo essay about Paul Schniedermeir, 27, that I took in 2011.

Schniedermeir eats breakfast at Hilltop Family Restaurant in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood early one rainy morning.
Schniedermeir looks at the junk stored in his grandmother’s basement. He lives off of the money he makes selling some of the valuables on Ebay.
Shniedermeir hangs out at his apartment with his friend Johnny Dal Santo, 27.

These photos were taken while I was on a work trip in Nepal with buildOn. I lived with a family in a remote village just north of India in April 2013 while serving as a chaperone for a group of high school students who went there to build a school. During my time there, I took several photos and conducted interviews with the villagers on behalf of buildOn’s marketing team.

This village woman is making rope from sisal.
The man dancing up front was employed by my organization as a yoga instructor.
These young Nepalese students are enrolled in school for the first time of their lives, thanks to donations given to the nonprofit buildOn.
These women are heading to the river to fish for their family. The women in the village fish during their free time, and often come home with a few snails.
Nepalese boys will frequently walk with their arms around each other, and it’s uncommon for them to show their teeth in photos.
This young woman worked side-by-side with buildOn volunteers to help build a school.