Born in Southern California, raised in Central California and bred for the outdoors in Northern California, I've always had a love for the outdoors and exploring the wild places that surround us all. Growing up, my family was always engaged in a variety of outdoor activities and it was then that I first began to explore and connect with the outdoors through photography.

My love for the outdoors eventually led me to become a Wildland Firefighter. It was during these eight years that I truly began to understand and appreciate these wild, untouched places and the need to protect and preserve them for future generations. Adventure has always driven me, but it was photography that allowed me the opportunity to share with others the experiences and places I treasure most. My love and passion for the outdoors and photography has led me to Zion National Park, where I am blessed to live and teach photography on a daily basis.


While some of my photos are spur of the moment captures, most of them began long before I ever pressed the shutter. While there is no substitute for being outside immersed in the landscape I spend a fair amount of time on the computer researching new areas I intend to photograph and then scrutinizing every detail of the images I've made until my vision comes to life. 

The more prepared i can be the better. Understanding topography and the way the light falls on the land, how it changes with the seasons, as well as current and past weather conditions help me best be prepared to capture unique one of a kind images. Most often this involves me returning again and again until inspiring conditions present themselves.

I spent a lot of time chasing exceptional conditions and take great pride in capturing authentic, one of a kind scenes.



Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera


Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM 

ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2 Lens for Sony E

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E

Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount

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