I was born and raised in Southern California. My eventual photographic interests were shaped at an early age by family trips to California’s Central Coast and to the Canadian Rockies. Though I had always enjoyed looking at landscape photography I didn’t take an interest in photography until in college. Prior to then I had always thought of photography as “boring” studio portrait sessions and wedding photography. A few years later, I discovered the works of Galen Rowell through a copy of Outdoor Photographer magazine that my cousin had brought along on a road trip. That inspired me to pursue photography on a much more serious level. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and son.