Spring in the Driftless
I've Followed My Passions
The one piece of advice I took to heart growing up was, “Do what you love.” With that in mind, I pursued a career in the arts. For many years, I worked in the Exhibits Department at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. There I enjoyed a chance to explore many different mediums and skill sets. From creating dioramas to producing short educational films, I was able to “do what I love.”
Hall of North American Wildlife
Dinosaur Families, the Story of Egg Mountain
Maui, the Seed of My Inspiration
It All Comes Together
One day I picked up a dSLR camera. I received it in the mail the day before I traveled to Maui on vacation. I remember reading the manual on the plane, and how excited I was to have this new tool. And then I had a chance to play with it on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Maui planted in me a seed of inspiration.
Almost instantly I knew what medium I would pursue for the rest of my life. In photography I found a means to employ aspects of almost all the various disciplines I’d worked in. After years of working in the arts I found myself actually feeling like an "artist." Photography fueled a passion in me that eclipsed everything I'd done before. I began to put aside my previous vocation.
The Love of My Life
A New Path
When I met Teri I discovered an even greater passion. I'd had a number of relationships over the years, and was at a point in my life were I felt relaxed, and was actually enjoying being a bachelor. The day we met I knew I'd marry her. In a no time at all we ran off, and got married!
A little over a year later our daughter Freja was born. I'd always wanted to be a father, probably more than anything else in life. I found myself in a dream world, married to an amazing woman, and being a father. I decided to go for it all and become a photographer as well.