ABOUT

Thanks so much for visiting my page and viewing my photos! I'm a landscape photographer based in Portland, Oregon that primarily shoots throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I've lived in Oregon virtually my entire life so I've been fortunate to be able to experience many of the places that I shoot since I was little. With that said, I didn't get serious about landscape photography until early 2016 which has since allowed me to gain a much greater appreciation for the Pacific Northwest. When I'm not shooting, I'm working as a software Product Manager or spending time with my wife Holly and our English bulldog Lucy.

Balancing work and home life with photography can sometimes be a challenge, but I try to get out and shoot as often as I can, usually at least once every weekend. What started as quick morning trips to the Columbia River Gorge has now fully transitioned into multi-day backpacking or car camping trips throughout Oregon, Washington and other nearby areas. In the coming years I hope to continue to expand my reach and photograph new exciting locations throughout the world. 

The thing I enjoy most about landscape photography is the sense of adventure with exploring new places but also having a clear goal for why I'm there. I never considered myself an outdoorsy person until I got serious about photography, but it's extremely satisfying to be outdoors and be able to capture what nature has to offer when all of the circumstances and factors line up in your favor. That, a need for an artistic outlet, and a strong competitive drive to get the best shot are what motivate me to keep going.

In terms of shooting techniques, I'm a strong proponent to research and analyzing the works of others. For better or worse, most iconic landscapes have been shot extensively so I always do my best to see what's already out there in order to envision my shots ahead of time, focusing on how I can do better. Very few of my photos are single exposures - most consist of anywhere from 2 to sometimes 10 exposures that are blended for focus stacking or general exposure (brightness) purposes. Typically I "shoot to process" as I tell my workshop/instruction clients, treating scenes as a puzzle and shooting the various pieces with post-processing in mind and how I think I'll bring it all together in Lightroom and Photoshop. In my opinion, post-processing is the strongest way individual photographers can set themselves apart from others so it's always been a strong focus on mine. A typical photo of mine usually takes at least 3 hours to complete, sometimes in excess of 10 hours if it requires intensive blending.

GEAR

  • Canon 5D IV & Canon 5D II
  • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L III (my go to lens), Canon 24-70 2.8L II, Canon 70-200 2.8L II, Rokinon 24mm 1.4 (for astro), Canon 2x Extender II
  • Induro tripod
  • Sirui ball-head
  • Various B+W filters (polarizer, UV, NDs)
  • Noteworthy accessories: Rocket blower, Canon timer remote, Photo Pills phone app