The Short Version
I grew up taking photos with my family’s digital camera. When my grandfather died, he passed on his Nikon film camera in case one of his grandchildren took up an interest. I asked for the camera and fell in love with photography. Now it brings me great joy to share my photos with other people.
The Long Version – (It’s not that long, just read it – there are pictures too!)
As a child, I was obsessed with any toys that had moving parts. I loved taking things apart, and I was notorious for not putting them back together. I was also mesmerized by video games – there was something about pushing buttons on a controller and watching images react on the screen that really drew me in.
- An early family photo on our country property.
When my dad bought our family’s first digital camera, I was fascinated. This was the kind you put a floppy disk in and could take 36 pictures per disk at 3 megapixels. Quick and easy, no film needed, how cool was that? I filled up a lot of floppy disks with that camera. We lived on a 5-acre property in the country, and there was always work to be done. But I figured out that I could get out of working by being the camera man and documenting other people working – somebody had to do it!
I also remember that my grandfather was really into photography. After he retired from the Marine Corps, he ran his own photography business. Any time I visited, he would make me get dressed up so he could practice taking my portrait. When I was 12, he passed away somewhat suddenly from cancer, before I really got the chance to know him. However, he left behind his beloved Nikon film camera, just in case one of his grandchildren took up an interest in photography.
- One of the first photos I took with my Grandpa’s film camera of my little sister Kaylee.
Several years passed, and during my senior year of high school I had to complete a “senior project” in order to graduate. I decided it was time to ask for Grandpa’s camera and dive in to the world of photography…and dive in I did. I asked the school photography teacher to tutor me, and immediately I was hooked. While I was learning, I took lots of photos of my little sister and of the beautiful property we lived on.
- Climbing and photographing a glacier in New Zealand.
After studying photography and business in college, I got a dream job working for a sailboat company in Hawaii. Before I moved there, I bought my first digital SLR camera. I wanted to be ready for all those spectacular Hawaiian sunsets I kept hearing about. Thus began my foray into travel and landscape photography. Since then, I’ve had the chance to travel and take photos in some pretty incredible places – New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal to name a few. For me, there’s nothing quite like being alone in nature with my camera, capturing the beauty I see. It may be my favorite thing to do in all the world.
These days, I call Nashville home, and I really enjoy this city. I have great friends, and anything else a guy could want. I try to have adventures on a regular basis, whether it’s a trip to the local Radnor Lake, or somewhere further away. I post my favorite photos here on my blog for you to enjoy, and for me to remember. Thanks for following along and being a part of my journey!