As a documentary photographer and filmmaker, I strongly believe that our stories and those of others play a vital role in this world. 

The majority of my work focuses on historical narratives that are not within the realm of common knowledge. In choosing to work with unexplored stories, such as my recent works on World War II parachute wedding gowns, I directly engage with the subject matter in order to collect information and insight. This process of primary research results in an unparalleled understanding of a subject’s story and a heightened sense of responsibility and urgency to disseminate the experience.

The mediums of photography and film enable me to observe, listen, capture, and disperse. By presenting my work in conjunction with archival material, it is my hope that viewers will be captivated by the story and the process of firsthand research.

This is why I create art: to share the untold story. The accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are worth hearing, and I intend to share them with all who are willing to listen. 

- Neil Gaiman -

“We owe it to each other to tell stories.”


Of the more than sixteen million Americans who served during the Second World War, fewer than one million of these heroic men and women are still with us today. Now more than ever, there is a heightened sense of responsibility and urgency to collect, circulate, and learn from the accounts of our treasured veterans and their loved ones. In "The Things They Kept," these stories are preserved in objects — the things that have seen war. Every tear, every blemish, every mark forms an individual and collective narrative of the Second World War. By taking notice of material items that are saturated with human history, we widen our understanding of how others managed, sacrificed, and survived in the world we share. 


This short documentary illustrates the narrative of a singular World War II parachute wedding dress created and worn by Ruth Hensinger. Years later, her daughter and daughter-in-law walked down the aisle in the same material that saved their father’s life.