I’m an amateur photographer in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
If I was forced to declare myself as one kind of photographer, I guess I’d say “landscape“. I love landscape photography for the same reason I love to flyfish – it gives me a reason to be out, often by myself, in quiet, beautiful places alone with my thoughts. I’m not a person who can just go for a walk in the woods. I need a purpose, like “fool a big rainbow with a dry fly that I tied“, or “think through the framing so I’ve got the composition right when the landscape is lit up with that amazing light that only happens for a few minutes as a storm is clearing“.
But fortunately, I don’t have to declare myself as one kind of photographer. I’ve done engagement shoots, product photography, senior portraits. macro subjects, light painting, and more, and find them all equally fun and challenging in their own ways. I also know what I’m not. I’m not the guy taking family photos at all our gatherings. I’m glad other people do though, because the family photos from my childhood are certainly one of the first things I’d grab if a fire broke out. I would much rather be the guy grabbing a person or two and figuring out how to light them really well and capture a true moment. I’m also not a sports photographer – the gear is WAY too expensive. And finally, I would never have the guts to be a wedding photographer. The idea of being solely responsible to capture all the important moments from one of the most significant days in a couple’s lives terrifies me! 🙂 I could see myself as a second shooter in a wedding someday if the opportunity presented itself.
I am absolutely in love with the Pacific Northwest. I don’t ever see myself leaving here. I grew up in Southern California and have been working my way north my whole life. I settled in Oregon in 1988, and I’m still a little kid when it snows, or when the leaves turn orange, or when the waterfalls fill up and and flowers start blooming. I live with my beautiful wife Libby and two of the best Golden Retrievers ever. There’s also a Beagle around, but we won’t talk about that. My passions are photography, woodworking, and flyfishing. I’m a big old National Public Radio junkie, and Libby and I still think the best way to see a movie is on a big screen. I have a job in tech that pays the bills, but the problems I solve there are different than the ones I work on outside. The last 2 pages of Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It” is the best thing that’s ever been written.
“Thor’s Well” is by far my most successful image to date. I was honored to have National Geographic Books select it for inclusion in their book Rarely Seen – Photographs of the Extraordinary published in October 2015. It’s also been used as a poster by Scholastic Books and on Buzzfeed, The Weather Channel, and Atlas Obscura.
“Portland Skyline” is a composite image I created in 2013. It was used by the inaugural Portland Winterlight Festival as the headline promotional image on their home page. I blogged about it here.
“Firehole River” was used as the featured image in a National Public Radio story on Yellowstone National Park.