What inspired you to become a photographer?
At first, I started taking photos of my friend's snowboarding and hoped it would be a way to keep me involved in a sport that is very dear to me. While I do get to photograph snowboarding a fair amount throughout the winter I have widened my horizons and photograph a lot more. I have really fallen in love with creating images that inspire people.
When did you realize your passion for photography would become a career path?
Well, I chose to go to a photo school that had a lot of emphasis on the business of photography which I feel was a wise choice. There is a big difference between taking good photos and running a successful business of taking good photos. It’s a tough business and I’m glad I chose the path I did to build the foundation I did, it’s helped a lot over the years.
What do you like to do outside of work that directly impacts your career as a photographer?
This is a tough question because photography is something I really enjoy doing and I really live my work. Sometimes the line gets blurred between work and play and that’s really what I love about what I do.
What are one challenge and one lesson you have learned from your experience of being a freelance photographer?
Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes the lines get blurred between work and play. There’s a lot of positive from that but one of the challenges for me is to find a good balance between the two. The freelance world can be difficult and sometimes it's hard to take a break and recharge. At the same time, you have to step away for a bit from time to time to avoid burn out. One lesson I’ve learned, which I think is an important one, is that it’s ok to say “no" once in a while. It’s not easy but can be very gratifying and help the business to say “no" to something that’s not a good fit or if I need a break.
What are your top two most memorable JCP photo shoots?
Being a photographer allows you to have a lot of unique and amazing experiences. I’m grateful each and every shoot that I am fortunate enough to be able to do. One memorable shoot would be a one where I documented a three-day backpacking trip on the Timberline Trail that goes around Mt Hood, OR. I was able to capture a lot of great images and I was with some really great longtime friends. Another bonus was that I had my phone off the entire time :)
If you could travel anywhere in the world to photograph where would it be?
Oh, the list is long. Surfing in Fiji, snowboarding in Japan, landscapes in the southwest United States, I could go on and on….
What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote?
I have this framed print that I made that sits on a stand next to my desk that simply says “Get Shit Done” It’s crass but it reminds me to do just that.
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