Q&A from our Photo Pros
1. In what type of photography do you specialize?
I am a freelance landscape photographer. I am drawn to sunset and sunrise light, wildflowers, waterfalls, mountains and anything my eye catches.
2. What do you love most about your job?
I love the ability to bring the beauty into homes and offices for those who can't get out there and experience it themselves. Capturing that one moment in time. I love the ability to be outdoors in nature seeing all it's wonders.
3. How would you describe your style?
I am a pretty straight forward photographer, I see it, shoot it. I try and keep my post processing to a minimum. I learned photography shooting film so getting it right in the camera was and still is important to me. I do get artistic once in a while.
4. What advice would you give to a novice photo enthusiast?
Shoot, read, learn, shoot some more...and ask lots of questions. I am always willing to help if anyone has questions. After you read something, go put it to use in the field, see what the results are and how can you adjust to make it better.
5. When you don’t have a camera in hand, what do you like to do?
When I am not doing photography I like to bike, run, lift weights, play racquetball, explore new towns and spend time with my family.
6. What first got you interested in photography?
A free 35mm camera my mom got as a freebie from a magazine subscription when I was 12, I used to take pictures of my friends skateboarding. Seeing the results come back in prints got me really excited about photography.
7. Are there other photographers you look up to?
The late Galen Rowell-a true pioneer in the world of landscape photography. I had the pleasure of meeting him several years ago in Portland, Oregon at a book signing on his book "Poles Apart".
Art Wolfe - A legendary nature photographer with an eye for masterful compositions and isolation of a particular subject.
Manny Millan - long time Sports photographer for Sports Illustrated. Just always loved his work.
8. What is your favorite camera accessory/product?
I love the 10 stop ND filters for long daytime exposures. The ability to shoot a scene in daylight and get an exposure long enough to see clouds flying across the sky is just awesome and it really adds something unique to an image.
9. What/who inspires you?
The late Galen Rowell was my first inspiration...it was his images and books that made me want to see more and experience more as a photographer. My biggest supporter was my mom at the time....she stood behind me all the way and never said no when I had an idea for something. She would always say, "just be careful".
10. In one word, what do you hope to provide to your clients?