"My deepest passion in life is photography. Nothing inspires & energizes me more than the inspiration to create stunning work that catches the eyes of viewers. It is what drives me to capture the message of a commercial brand, the beauty of a model or discover new breathtaking scenes from around our planet.

Photography lets me speak my artistic voice most clearly & creatively. The way I see light is what defines my style. I like the mental & visual process of working out a shot, then seeing it come together through the camera lens. I aim to capture that perfect moment, whether it is a studio set or watching lava crashing into ocean waves.

 

The best is what I always strive for & I settle for nothing less with my work. I have a very strong technical prowess for photography. It is why my photos are very precise, clean & eye catching. The creativity & energy to make those images come to life never gets old for me. I live for it.  I look forward to the next project to work on for clients or new places to travel."  

Past Job Titles

Kona Brewfest Media Photographer

Kona Brewing Co Photographer

 

Pacific Dream Photography

Professional Photo Experiences

Blinnk Photography Portraits

Photo Gallery Owner & Operator

The Shutterbug Camera Stores

-Assistant Manager

-Sales Person

 

Digital Print Lab Operator &

Pro Wide Format Photo Printing

 

Shot Freelance Work For

-Anelakai Adventures

-Craft Brew Alliance

-Dress For Success Portland

-Kona Brewing Co.

-Kona Brewers Festival

-Fairmont Orchid Resort

-Hearts and Stars Salon

-Mauna Lani Resort

-Merz Pharmaceutical

-Paul Mitchell

-S.A.P.

-The Private Client Reserve

-Taco Bell

-US Bank

-Waikaloa Beach Marriott Resort

-More....

MY STORY

"I have been shooting pictures professionally for over ten years. I was very lucky to find my passion early in life, as well as have my families full encouragement & support.

 

Since attending Arts & Communication Magnet Academy; a public art school, I knew I wanted to make photography my career anyway possible. After learning the fundamentals of light I took that knowledge & I applied it to teaching myself & discovering with time my own process of planning, composing, capturing &

processing a photo.

 

My first job was at a local camera company, The Shutterbug. 7 years of working in the photo industry selling camera equipment & talking with professionals taught me a vast amount of my photography knowledge. I became the assistant manager of their flag ship store as well as the large format printer operator, handled camera trade-ins, processing machine maintenance & I started a side camera repair biz for a couple years. 

In 2011 my mother passed away from a very aggressive cancer. She had been such a part of my life that it hit me very hard. It took almost a year for me to pick my camera back up. After going through that hardship I needed help jump starting my photography.

I renewed my passion when I partnered up with a couple photographers & opened a Co-op gallery on Alberta Street in Portland, OR. Thanks to the art walk that was every last Thursday we were very successful. However we only kept the gallery open for about a year. A friend who had recently moved to Hawaii mentioned he could get me a steady photo job out there. I felt like it would be a great chance for my photography & for healing.

I moved to Hawaii in 2013 for the opportunity to work out there shooting freelance. I moved to the Big Island living on the Kona side. I did a lot of learning & growing out there. I also shot some of my best work & I learned a whole set of new skills that truly brought the quality of my photography to the next level.

I decided to move back to Portland, Oregon after I had been in Hawaii for over 4 years. I wanted to do more then island photography. However I was happy & thankful for the time I spent there.

 

Over ten years of photography nothing has turned me away from still doing my passion & I dont intend on ever stopping. I continue to embrace photography with my full determination & effort. I never stop pushing myself to grow & learn more ways to perfect my craft. The joy I get from lighting peoples faces up with the their aw at the sights I find truly make all the work worth it."      

Works Been Featured...

Hawaii.com

Bigislandnow

Kona Brewers Festival

National Geographic

Blank Gallery Wall

Herald Sun

MSN

The Atlantic

The Mercury

Newstalk

The Mercury

London School of Photography

The Washington Post

All-That-Is-Interesting

DPReview

Yourshot National Geographic

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

ViewBug

ACCOLADES

"WAILUKU RIVER HIDDEN WATERFALL"

2018 ND Awards Honorable Mention.

2018 Lee Filters Featured Photo

"TIMELESS VENDOR"

2018 ND Awards Honorable Mention.

2017 International Photography Awards

Honorable Mention

 

"LAVA OCEAN ENTRY"

2016 Blank Wall Gallery Landscape Exhibit in Athens, Greece.

2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Finalist.

2016 ND Awards Honorable Mention.

"END OF THE WORLD"

2016 International Photography Awards

Honorable Mention 

"RIVET VERTIGO"

2015 ND Awards 2nd Place Architecture-Industrial​

"LAVA LIGHT"

2016 US Landscape Photographer of the Year Finalist

2016 ND Awards Honorable Mention​

"GLOWING CALDERA"

2017 Black Box Gallery Dynamic Landscape Exhibit

2015 Travel Photographer of the Year UK Finalist

 

"LAVA HOUSE"

Shoot the Frame Finalist 

Published in 2015 Shoot the Frame Book

 

"IGUANA POSE"

Shoot the Frame Finalist 

Published in 2015 Shoot the Frame Book

"TEMPEST SPIRAL"

2017 Cultural Center of Cape Cod "Set in Motion" 

2016 HIPA International Photo Awards Finalist

2015 Published in NatGeo YourShot Web Article

2015 ND Awards Honorable Mention

 

MASON LAKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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