My career, which began with a master's degree in Photography and Media Studies, has encompassed teaching, commercial work, large format architectural photography, portraiture, and graphic design.

Ten years ago, I became obsessed with fairs, resulting in two photo books published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The first, "State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together," celebrates the best state fair in the nation. The second, "Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow," honors all 95 county fairs in the state.

For two years, my partner, Steve, and I lived in an extreme RV, an EarthRoamer, visiting all 48 contiguous states as well as western Canada. The resultant book, "Roaming with Rudy-4 Walls to 4 Wheels: Living Outside the Box" is the story of rediscovering the joy of lives lived simply, of returning to what's truly important, of creating space for new possibilities and new dreams. It is illustrated with over 600 photographs, all taken with my iPhone.

My most recent book, "Chopped Liver: Finding My Way," is a series of personal essays of resilience, strength and hope in the face of adversity. They are little handprints of my life that I hope will stir your own memories, bring light and inspiration to your world, lift your spirits, give you fresh insights and remind you that you are stronger than you think. And maybe, just maybe, they'll give you a chuckle or two along the way.