Kite aerial photographer. Terrestrial photographer. Event photographer. Landscape photographer. I get around and take photos of a lot of different things.
My niche is kite aerial photography, a hobby I took up just before the literal and figurative rise of the drones. In a nut shell, I fly big kites and hang expensive cameras from them. The wind does the rest. It's more or less a crapshoot what I get, helped along by a healthy dose of luck and coordination. Flying a kite on cracking Lake Superior ice is not for the faint of heart. The results, however, are more than worth the palpitations.
In recent years I've taken to terrestrial photography, sharing views of the world around us as we see it. I'm a community booster, and encouraging others to visit our area with beautiful yet informative photography appeals to me greatly. I don't sugar coat my images with artsy filters or unreal elements. I capture what our eyes see, and until I can get a bionic eye I'll stick with what I know the world feels like. From the Keweenaw National Historical Park to the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area, I aim to find both familiar and unique views of the world that if you are determined enough, you can find too.
In contrast to both my aerial and terrestrial focus, I also captured the incredible fun that is Michigan Technological University's Summer Youth Programs for several years. For six weeks every summer, over a thousand students from around the world converge on the Keweenaw to learn about a wide variety of topics. The best part? I got to be there every step of the way, exploring alongside the students and documenting their adventures. I liked to say it was the best job at SYP, and for good reason: nobody challenged it!
You can say I'm a semi-pro photographer. What makes a professional photographer anyway? I don't have a studio, but I do contract work by request for both my aerial and landscape photography. Is there a certain quota of lenses I must possess before a photographer qualifies as a professional? I don't worry about titles much as long as people appreciate my photos and I can keep taking them.
If you'd like to chat about a special photography project or would like to use my images in a publication, send me a message.