Photography first captured my interest as a child of ten years while on a family vacation to the Vancouver World’s Fair in 1986. After letting me use their camera to photograph several exhibits, my parents quickly recognized my fascination toward photography, and it wasn’t long before they bought me my first camera. Though I continued taking photographs throughout my life, photography didn’t become a serious endeavor until much more recently in 2010, after having spent several summers hiking and photographing in the mountains of Colorado. The immense beauty and quiet solitude the mountains provided me created a strong desire to document these precious moments spent in the wilderness, and my passion for the mountains and love for photography grew into an inseparable combination.
Having just stated my fondness toward nature, it will come as no surprise that I operate primarily as a landscape photographer, working in both color and black and white. My true joy lies in exploring the wilderness to discover and photograph lesser known areas, but I also enjoy shooting the more popular, iconic scenes such as Rocky Mountain National Park's Hallett Peak and the Elk Range's famous Maroon Bells. Whatever situation I find myself in, I make a conscious effort to completely take in the moment so each photograph will retain the emotional connection it presented me. When processing my images, I strive to portray the scene as I experienced it, hoping to reflect both the physical and emotional splendor of the moment. I like to take a ‘what you see is what you get’ approach to post processing and avoid removing objects such as power lines and buildings, or adding elements that didn’t exist at the moment of capture. I want anyone who desires to travel to any of these locations to be able to see the scene just as I saw it. I also possess a fondness for problem solving, so I generally limit myself to processing my photographs exclusively with Photoshop Lightroom using a single capture. Cameras and lenses do have their limits, however, so I will employ techniques such as focus stacking in extreme situations where I believe the quality of the image would otherwise be compromised.
Two of my more memorable career highlights to date include a recent midnight hike with my wife to photograph Arches National Park’s famous Delicate Arch under moonlight in which we had the entire hike and arch all to ourselves, and a location scouting hike near Guanella pass in the spring of 2012 that led to an incredibly rare encounter with Colorado’s only known wolverine, Wolverine M56. These are but two of the amazing experiences I’ve had in my time as a landscape photographer. And I’m just getting started.