Naturalist by heart and photographer by passion, I'm a dedicated photographer with the sole purpose of capturing our planets elusive and endangered species with a desire to inspire as many people to be more conscious towards the preservation of our natural world, while focusing on its wildlife and the importance of why they belong in their own habitat.
I was born in Southern California in 1980 and was introduced to the natural world by my father at a very early age. His love for the wilderness and fascination with world culture, greatly influenced me to become more aware of the world that surrounds us. Focusing on our lands, wildlife and people; appreciating the importance of our coexistence on this amazing planet.
As I became older, I started traveling alone to distant places such as Central America to study their culture and enjoyed spending a great amount of time in the jungle of Peten, exploring its rich biodiversity which I became most attached to. I was attracted to the aromas, the harmonic sounds produced by birds, the flickering of distant tropical thunderstorms in the late evenings, the lush green forest and the abundance of wildlife. I was also fascinated with mayan civilization and enjoyed exploring mayan ruins tucked away in the middle of the jungle.
As an adult, I married the love of my life Kathleen whom too is a passionate animal lover, complementing our shared love and caring for animals, we now share a common bond and enjoy exploring all things nature, something that bring us close to their creator, our heavenly father, the Grand Master Artist.
My journey as a photographer began in Grand Teton National Park. It was June 2012 when we traveled for the first time to this amazing wonderland. It was on one of our drives when we encountered our first grizzly bear. I had never seen a grizzly in person. Something happened to me that day that I had never felt before. It was the power emitted by this amazing, majestic creature that made a huge impression on me in an emotional sense. My heart was beating fast, I was shaking out of excitement, not to mention very nervous. On hand I had a video camera and a point and shoot camera. I started video recording for some time and something in my mind made me want to stop as the grizzly got closer. I had a sudden conflict how I wanted to record this precious encounter; video or single image. I started picturing in my mind how I would want to tell my story. I wanted to capture the moment when the bear made eye contact with me with the back drop of the Tetons behind it. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity when the bear was directly in front of me debating. I still photographed the after math, but what I envisioned in my mind, I missed. It was at that moment, that lost opportunity, which pushed me forward into photography.
My first DSLR body was a Nikon D7000 and simple kit lens. I made a promise to myself, I would learn how to master a camera. I studied all I could and thankfully had the opportunity to find very resourceful photographers on youtube whom I took advantage to learn from with a grain of salt, including learning about the wonders of camera gear. In short, I am a self taught photographer. I learned to go from auto settings, to all manual. One of my first challenges was learning full blown out in the wild, I never learned by taking images at the local park or home. Since we enjoy traveling, the majority of my learning took place in the wild capturing images of some of the most amazing animals. The pressure was on. I made a lot of errors and learned the hard way. There was a lot of trial and errors involved. A second challenge was gear. I purchased, returned so many lenses and cameras, always researching, trying to make sure I was investing on the right equipment to meet my needs. As time went on, I gained appreciation and experience with both investing and using quality glass and bodies, including trust towards Nikon. With no mentor, I have faced many questions, a lot of frustration, that I had to figure it out myself. Truly knowledge is power; its a challenge to achieve, but through passion and desire to learn, the journey has helped me move forward.
My love for the wild continues to grow, my thirst to explore is stronger than ever and my passion for photography has inspired me to focus on the greater things, the importance of what I capture, our planets precious wilderness. My journey has brought me face to face with some of our planets most amazing animals, from grizzlies in Yellowstone to Africa's big five, to the most venomous of snakes. I love what I do and want to use my images to inspire others to cherish these amazing creatures as well as promote conservation in any way possible. A commenter once told me, "Social media such as your own beautiful work, is a blessing for those of us who are bed/house bound. You bring the creation to us, until the time of healing arrives". - Cherri Woods, Tasmania. Its comments like these that bring me satisfaction. If I can just move just a handful of people to feel this way, I feel I've done my job.
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