I was born on the rural Hawaiian island of Lana`i. My family eventually moved from Lana`i, and I was raised traveling back and forth between Hawaii, California, and Pennsylvania. Pursuit of academic degrees and a career in geology and volcanic hazards management took me from Colorado to Oregon to Hawaii, and eventually to New Zealand where I earned a PhD in 2008.
I moved on from being a scientist in New Zealand to return to Lake Tahoe, where I worked for the Town of Truckee doing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping until the end of 2012.
Photography was something that I was growing obsessed with in my spare time at night and on weekends, and eventually I gave in to my passion for photography and decided that creating imagery and teaching others how to achieve their vision would be what I would do.
As a photographer, I specialize in landscape and night-sky photography, motion-controlled timelapse, and creative filmmaking. Breathtaking landscape photographs in the digital age are a dime a dozen. When I create mine, I purposefully seek out adventure and difficult places instead of joining the herd and ending up shoulder to shoulder in "the lineup" at iconic locations. I carefully previsualize and craft every image I make and share to match my vision for that location, in hopes that the image captures the emotional experience I have when making it. More often than not I will visit and re-visit a spot until the weather and conditions match what I foresee in my mind's eye. My goal as a visual artist is always to create emotionally evocative art that speaks for itself and shares the reverence and awe I hold for nature with those who view my imagery.
I'm happiest making photographs where the division between technology and art is blurred - making images where I can push the limits of what my gear is capable of and create something that evokes the emotional connection everyone has with nature, especially when they don't realize it. I'll go anywhere and do whatever it takes to create compelling, unusual imagery that brings viewers along on my journey.
I also hold private and group workshops and classes, as I love to teach other people how to achieve their creative photographic vision. I joined the Mountain Workshops in Kentucky as their timelapse coach in 2013, and I also teach timelapse at the Shooting the West photography symposium in Nevada. I currently teach photography classes at Sierra College, Atelier, Martis Camp, and through my studio in Truckee.
My images and timelapses have been featured in local Tahoe publications Tahoe World, Sierra Sun, Moonshine Ink, Nevada Magazine, Squaw Magazine, Tahoe TV, Tahoe Quarterly as well as national magazines and websites Mountain Magazine, Squaw Magazine, Skiing Magazine, Mana Magazine, and Hawai`i Magazine. I am proud to list Squaw Valley, Red Bull, MSNBC, Yahoo, Skiing Interactive, Friends of Black Rock, Arcade Apparel, Points North Heli-Adventures, Friends of Lana`i, Sierra Watch, the Shane McConkey Foundation, Arts for the Schools, Tahoe Neuro Healing, The Pier Group, Truckee Tahoe Lumber, the River Ranch, PlumpJack, and Teton Gravity Research among my clients.