The image starts as a whisper, a feeling, a tug at my innermost being when I’m immersed in nature, bathed in her majestic beauty. The vision of the image may appear in my mind’s eye but take several weeks or years to fully realize and co-create in just the right conditions, from just the right angle at just the right moment. This is where my relentless determination mixes with the magic of the present moment to serve the...

I was raised by a single, photography-obsessed dad, who was courted by National Geographic in high school. His parents, having lived through the Great Depression and World War II, forbade him from pursuing a career in the arts, so my engineer dad passed his love and knowledge of photography into my eager hands. All of the arts called to me, and at age 14 I started studying Theatre and academic college courses through the Los Angeles County High School...

Standing nearly 14,000 feet atop Mauna Kea on Hawai'is big island, above the clouds on the world's tallest mountain (when measured from its base deep under the ocean), watching our Earth's shadow glow across the sky, a vibrancy pulses deep in my core. From this, the most sacred land in all of the Hawai'ian islands, I can't help but reflect on my purpose. I stand for shining a light on our Earth's majesty, for connecting us to her vibrancy, for...

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