My wife and I live in an 1976 Airstream on Fox Island, Washington. I photograph adventure, the great outdoors, and how I believe we fit into it. I prefer to work with companies I believe are committed to the same ideals that my wife and I are committed to. We live small. We try to only buy from companies that believe in the dignity of humans and the sacredness of our small planet. When selecting clients I try to ensure that they are free trade, support the environment, and pay their employees well. If you're interested in working with me, give me a shout. Better yet, let's go for hike, or get coffee (or a beer) and figure out how we can best work together in the future. If you buy me a cold brew coffee, we will be friends forever, even if it's 10 degrees out.

Home, Sweet Home

Below is a selection of my recent outdoor work. I am an avid paddler, climber, and snowshoer, and you'll see that reflected in my work. These are personal photographs that showcase my vision of the natural world, and our place in it.

Morning Paddle - Manshac Swamp, Louisiana
Sunset Paddle - Utah
Climbing on Cát Bà Island, Vietnam
Snowshoeing - Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
Mt. Rainier, Washington
Surfing - Humboldt County, CA
Fishing at Sunset - Lake Maurepas, LA

Recently, I moved away from New Orleans, traveled to southeast Asia, road-tripped across the United States, and settled in the Pacific Northwest. Now I'm focused on photographing the gorgeous environment, and the people who live, work, and play in our tiny world. I'm consumed with finding that perfect moment, the one that leaves room for the viewer's imagination and creativity to explode.

Kengo tends his rice field - Hiroshima, Japan
A worker paints names on a torii at Fushimi Inari-taisha - Kyoto, Japan
Roadside Balloon Salesman - Hanoi, Vietnam
Boys Playing on City Docks - Cát Bà Island, Vietnam


Unlike many photographers my age, I got my start as a news photographer. By the time I was finally laid off and parted ways with the newspaper world, I had worked in six newsrooms. I love the way photography captures moments of empathy and cruelty, grief and joy. Photography is a medium that helps me interpret the world around me.

Sock Hop - Vicksburg, Mississippi

I grew up in South Mississippi, the deepest of the deep south. It influenced my work profoundly. Time seems slower in the south, and I learned to take my time, be quiet, and compose pictures that reflected the world around me as I saw it. Newspapers forced me to pre-visualize a situation, but also react quickly when things didn't go as planned (they never do). I photographed sports, wrecks, murders, dance recitals, and religious rituals. I've had the honor of being published in several top tier publications like the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times as well as winning several awards. The award I am most proud of came from the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest where my co-workers and I shared the top spot for our coverage of a devastating tornado that cut through our community.

Tornado Damage - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Tornado Damage - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Cleaning Up Tornado Damage - Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Easter Morning - Oak Grove, Mississippi
Spring Training - York, Pennsylvania
Devin Vega reacts after exiting the school bus to learn his mother, Alicia Vega, was shot to death by his 14-year-old step-sister - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Home Coming Queen - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
The New Orleans Saints v. Washington Redskins - New Orleans, Louisiana
Game during Tropical Storm - Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Portrait 2011
Portrait, 2011
Portrait, 2013
After my time in news papers, I lived in the great city of New Orleans photographing weddings. New Orleans offered a unique landscape for photography. This is a traditional Second Line for a 50th Anniversary.
Groom helping his future brother-in-law's with their ties - New Orleans, Louisiana
Dancing - New Orleans, Louisiana
The Hora (aka the Chair Dance) - New Orleans, Louisiana


If you have any further questions, please email me at

If requested, I can send you a rate book that includes commercial work.

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