I have a pretty simple philosophy: make the most beautiful and compelling pictures that I can. I never stop getting excited watching all the pieces come together – I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
I am forever pursuing something lasting and authentic in my work, something slightly above and beyond and maybe even, dare I say it… timeless and ineffable. Beauty, power, and grace are keywords for me.
I truly enjoy genuine human connection, the creative collaboration involved in making meaningful pictures, and the stories that are always behind them. Images that engage viewers and allow them a glimpse into the world of the subject are my goal, and through them, I hope to stimulate curiosity, pique excitement, and perhaps even launch trains of thought, or highlight new questions.
It’s been said that beauty is truth. I love this.
I am obsessed with nature and wild places. Moved to be outside whenever and however possible, I find great joy and satisfaction in playing with the elements whether it be mountain biking, climbing, surfing, skiing, or backpacking. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a great mountain climber, to toil on the tallest peaks and see the world from a vantage point that few are able to experience. As I got older, it dawned on me that standing on the highest points of the earth wasn’t the only way for me to fully experience the power and beauty of the natural world. I'm much too immersed in my creative work and in spending time with my wife and two beautiful daughters anyway. What a gift!
A little more…
Shortly after leaving art school, I landed my first photo job as a photo assistant in San Francisco. Soon, I found myself traveling the country and the globe doing lighting for some of the genuine photographic legends of our time.
This work involved many genres of photography from advertising, celebrity portraiture, cimematography and automotive. I couldn’t have dreamt of better hands-on training.
Over the course of my career thus far, I had some truly incredible experiences and the opportunity to meet and work with some truly amazing people. A few things I will never forget:
The half a day spent in a cramped Universal Studios backlot with Frank Sinatra, watching his mood morph from reluctant and gruff to something almost amenable.
Praying to keep my breakfast down while setting up for landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier in ridiculously violent turbulence.
Working in close proximity to the worlds most dangerous animals on a story for National Geographic.
Holding the preserved human brain of a Minnesota nun… in my hands. That was weird.
Crouching, in a very subservient way, to a 400lb tiger – so close I could feel the humidity of his warm, meat-perfumed breath on the side of my face.
The incredible month I spent filming in a remote corner of the Himalaya.
What does all this have to do with anything? It’s molded me and my creative take on the world, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount about creative collaboration and problem solving, working with diverse groups of people, making and producing great imagery, and even something about humility and gratitude.
It’s a big broad world, and as a photographer, I'd like to do my tiny part in bringing it all a little closer.
GM Master Card Bauer Pottery
UCLA Medical Center Fjall
Coca Cola Macy's Department Stores
Marlboro Adventure Nordic Designs
Frito Lay Budweiser
Hind Sportswear Stolpman Vineyards
Art Center College of Design Pasadena, Ca.
Los Angeles Center for Photography Los Angeles, Ca.
Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary, Canada