My papa (grandfather), played a significant role in my life. He was a radio DJ for 40 years and helped me get into radio too. When I was 16 I got my first job as a radio dj on Bakersfield's top country station, KUZZ. My Papa followed his passion and was dedicated to perfecting his craft. He was unstoppable and was a local legend for it. He showed me that support and helped push me to follow my dreams as well, even when I stepped away from radio and pursued my love of photography. In October of 2017, he unexpectedly passed away. While I was navigating this loss, I realized that he left a bigger impression in my life than I ever thought. Earlier that year for my son's first birthday, I asked that everyone write him a letter to open when he turns 18. When I looked at the envelope he gave my son, I saw my son's name printed right there in my Papa's all-caps handwriting. I knew at that moment that he was a part of this, a part of me following my passion.
I also have a tattoo in his handwriting from a line of his favorite Beatle's song. So when I do photography, his handwriting is there, his memory, his legacy, his dedication to his craft.