"I have the best job in the world.”

When someone asks what I do for a living, that is how I always reply. I am a very lucky soul to have found my direction so early in life. My father gave me the gift of a camera at a very young age, and ever since, I have expressed my passion and creativity from behind the lens.

At an early age, I began my career as a photojournalist and worked tirelessly--almost obsessively--for several publications over several years. To say it was an education would be an understatement, but to say I enjoyed it would be a much, much bigger understatement! While honing my craft, I became profoundly fascinated with people and their stories. I learned to listen to people, and cultivated the art of telling their individual stories through images.

As my skills sharpened, my creativity began to flourish and I began to feel the constraints of traditional photojournalism. In 2001, I made the leap to commercial photography and soon discovered opportunities for limitless creativity! And of course, because of my passion for storytelling, I felt a strong, natural desire to bring my images to life through film.

Directing motion pictures was a natural progression for me.

I really love my job because every day I face a new challenge: The challenge to tell a story of beauty, or longing, or passion through images. In this job, as in life, whatever we dream, we can create.

• photograph by Karen Fullmer