I was slightly sunburned, without shade in ninety degree temps, running uphill on one of my local go-to trails when it dawned on me; not only am I happiest, but I perform the best when I am in a slight bit of discomfort. I thought about it more, and it made a lot of sense. Why else would I continue the choice of living out of a suitcase? Or travel to some of the more remote villages in developing nations furthest from home? Sleep on hard ground? Or run uphill in the heat?
Simple: that's when I feel most alive.
A tinge of tribulation reminds me that it is all part of the experience, and that the best things in life are worth the effort. In finding a certain level of comfort in being uncomfortable, I found an ease to the struggle and a beautiful vantage point to view the world. It is this view that I share with my photography. It is the moment of joy in a dismal situation. It's nothing but rice and beans for dinner and a cold shower after a hard day, as well as the well-deserved luxuries. It's charging hard and fast so you can slow down and take it easy. It is the moment that just passed by, not lingering long enough for you to notice. And it's that moment when everything sinks in far enough down to settle into your very foundation.
It is the most basic of things. It's life's grit, refined.
I was taught entirely on film, but made the transition to an all digital workflow before graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2005. Having gained the ability to couple technical skill with creative vision, I specialize in location photography using minimal set up. I love to laugh and live to love, always having fun and making the most out of everything I do.
I am based on the Central Coast of California, splitting my time between Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and the road.
I am a proud member of Wonderful Machine, American Society of Media Photographers, and the International Leica Historical Society
My work has been seen in/used by: • Walgreens • Whole Foods • Sprouts Farmers Markets • The Vitamin Shoppe • Toys ‘R’ Us • Ethiopian Airlines • Cornell University • Macmillan Education • AARP • AAA Highroads • Robb Report • Good Housekeeping • Esquire • Natural Solutions Magazine • Amazing Wellness Magazine • Ode Magazine • San Francisco Magazine • Riviera Magazine • and more...
• 2017 LHSA; The International Leica Society - Photo Annual Second Place
• 2013 PDN The Great Outdoors - Grand Prize + Additional Winning Image
• 2010 Best Of ASMP - Winner
• 2010 Image'10 - Honorable Mention