Though I’ve taken photos throughout my life, I got into photography seriously in 2009 with a Nikon D90, and it’s been an enjoyable way of documenting the beauty of the world around me. I’ve been fortunate to travel to some amazing places since then, including Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Paris, and many places across the United States including California, Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, and across the Midwest where I live. I upgraded to a Nikon D610 in August 2014 and have really enjoyed the step up in quality. Current equipment includes a Nikon D610, Nikon D90, Nikon Coolpix S8200, iPhone 6, and lenses including a Nikon 24mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.8, and a Tamron 17-50 f2.8.
Expedition Bureau is a bi-monthly online photo magazine about photographers and their favorite adventures. I started the site in 2013 to showcase photographers I admired, and to give them the chance to do the same for others. In the first year I published six issues, featuring 36 photographers, and more than 300 photos from 15 different countries. Each week I feature 5 eye-catching photos from Instagram users on the EB blog, and on Instagram. I also run the EB Tumblr called StandHereForever, and it’s dedicated to pristine landscape photography from around the world. No people, no manmade objects – just untouched natural beauty.
I’ve been a musician for more than 20 years and was the singer and guitarist in Chicago band The Atlantic Divide from 2004 – 2009. These days I’m constantly writing and recording music, focusing on a mix of ambient/cinematic instrumental music, and acoustic guitar songs. I’m hugely influenced by bands like The Cure, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, M83, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, The Catherine Wheel, Built to Spill, Sunny Day Real Estate, Centromatic, and Bedhead.
Snowboarding is hands-down the greatest thing I’ve gotten to experience in my life. After yearly trips to Breckenridge from 1997 – 2001 during college, a ten year hiatus began with my move to Chicago in 2001 before I realized it’s possible to snowboard in the Midwest. Since 2010 I’ve regularly gotten in around 15 days in each season in both the Midwest, Colorado, and Utah. It’s an almost indescribable pleasure to be in the mountains out west that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I’m a Texan by blood, and Chicagoan by circumstance. I moved to Chicago in 2001 to see what else the world had to offer and have happily been here ever since. By day I work as a user experience architect and interaction designer and generally try to do what I can to make websites and software as good looking and as useful as possible. When I’m not doing that, or any of the things above, I’m probably spending way too much time growing my vinyl collection and trying not to disturb the neighbors. I also added the title of “dad” to my list in January 2015 when my wife and I welcomed a daughter into our lives. If you’re interested in contacting me about anything at all, please use the contact link below.