Hometown Maryville, TN
Adventure is exploring a world you never knew existed. That can be your own backyard, or in a far off country.
Photography is capturing a scene and telling the story through an image.
What's one life accomplishment you are most proud of?
One life accomplishment I am most proud of is being a dad and papi. Any man can father a child or have grandchildren. It takes a strong man to be a dad and a papi.
Person (living or dead) you’d like to meet?
One person I would like to meet strangely enough is a sitting president. No matter the party I would like to pick their brain and ask the question “Why would you really want to do this?”
Best/worst food experience?
I cant think of my best food experience. I have had so many excellent meals over the years
My worst food experience was when I had to eat greenbeans as a kid and eat them all. No matter how long it took.
When did photography spark in you?
Photography sparked me when I first started photographing my kids. I loved being able to see a different side of them when they weren’t posing for the camera.
How has photography shaped you?
With photography I have uncovered a world I didn't know existed. Seeing something differently than someone else would have. Capturing that one second in time to show the world what I saw. Hence the above definition of adventure.
How did you hear about Light Finds?
I heard about Paul Hassell just by surfing the net and I came across his old website. I was in the room down by the river in Knoxville when he unveiled Light Finds and took his passion of photography up about ten notches.
What initially interested you about the workshop or tour you attended?
I had wanted to photograph with Paul for sometime and be able to ask the questions about my camera and composition I hadn’t been able to ask anyone else on a photoshoot. I wanted to be able to see what he saw out in the Smokey Mountains. I didn't want to just take a tourist snapshot. I wanted to capture an image that told a story.
Why did you almost not come?
The was never a second thought about not coming to a workshop. I happened to see he was giving a workshop at a time that I could attend. Turns out it was peak weekend for the leaves changing in the Smokies.
The most rewarding thing you learned or returned home with?
The most rewarding thing I learned while at Cades Cove with Paul was patience. An image isn't always there. Sometimes one has to be patient and let it develop. Whether it be clouds forming, or having to place leaves in a certain place on a rock to give an image that pop in color it all takes patience. No photographer just walks into a scene and has a ready made image.
Tell me a little about Paul as an instructor?
Paul is extremely informative. He knows his stuff when it comes to teaching photography. Not once did I hear “I don't know” when a question was asked. He took the time to help each one of his students become a photographer.
What is your next adventure?
My next adventure is simple. When will I take my next picture.
If time, money, and travel were not an obstacle, where would you travel to photograph and what would you do?
ALASKA is definitely on my radar. Photographing the bears is something I will accomplish in the near future.
How do you feel about HDR? (haha!)
I actually love HDR. I bracket about everyone of my pictures. I really do enjoy reading both sides of the argument. It is quite funny.