Born in Cheese land...Wisconsin, living in Southern California, I am a surf photographer, but first and for most a Surfing Fan. I spend my weekdays working with students with special needs and when the bell rings I am out at my favorite surf spots looking for those moments to capture. I was trained as a classic painter and fine arts artist at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. With my training I focus to incorporate those classic elements into my surf photography. I like to use depth of field and light along with various shutter speeds to add life to the surfers I photograph.
How did you get into surf Photography? I got into surf photography several years ago when visiting San Diego, probably 2011. I caught the surf photography bug immediately and have never looked back. I am a fan of all styles of photography and I try to challenge myself to try a different technique each time. Surf photography allows me the subject matter and setting to take these chances. Pass or fail I make the most of each time I am out. My focus is on the body language of the surfers I shoot. I try to position myself where no body else is to try to separate my images from the rest. I prefer shooting from the shore, but my goal this year is to work from the water as well.
Where is your favorite place to shoot? I enjoy both San Diego County and Orange County. Oceanside has some great sandbars and surfers. Salt Creek always has amazing waves and talent. Both places are close by and never disappoint. I am always learning about other spots, but SD and OC really have a wide range of conditions and talent that have kept me busy daily.
Which is your favorite photograph you've ever taken? That's a hard question, why not ask me what's my favorite Beatles song!!
My favorite photo is of my friend Tilor McGinty surfing a stellar sunset session swell in Oceanside, CA. The light was gone but the afterglow from the sun and the cool blues of the water enhanced the moment when Tilor defied gravity, launching into a beautiful front side air.
Favorite surfer to shoot? My favorite surfer to shoot is Tilor McGinty. He has a simplicity to his style. He was the first surfer that I witnessed being one with his board and the ocean. I look forward to watching him surf. His fluid connection with his board is art in itself. He can grab mass air or carve a turn with such ease that he makes surfing look easy.
A past surf trip? traveling to my wife's homeland of Japan. Surfing is huge in Japan and seeing Shonan, Kamakura a popular surf spot going off blew my mind. Not only were the surfers and waves amazing the backdrop of Mt Fuji made that trip unearthly. I can't wait to go back for years to come.