Photography

Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Glorious sunrise at the harbor before heading out to dive with Great White Sharks, circa 2015.

Dr. Steve Henke

Dr. Steve Henke

This is my favorite photo of my best friend, Steve. We met in adolescence and were inseparable for 16 years of our lives together. He passed away in August 2018.

His quick wit, smile, and laugh were utterly contagious. This photo was taken in 2016, during one of our many trips to Moab, UT. I miss him very much.

Rest in peace, Steve. I love you man.

Maroon Bells, Aspen

Maroon Bells, Aspen

This shot was taken in 2014 during a hike with some friends. Using a neutral density filter and long exposure, I was able to get the glass like clarity of the lake - something I hadn’t really achieved before. It was groundbreaking for me. It went viral on social media and was one of my first commissioned print pieces.

Chester, the penguin

Chester, the penguin

This was a photo of my friend, Chester. Yes, I know he’s a penguin. I befriended him at Boulder Beach, Simons Town, South Africa. He followed me around for hours, and I was able to capture his many waddles, squeaks, and actions. This was my favorite moment with him.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

First full frame camera, check. Wide-angle lens, check. Getting a photo to turn out while shooting through a dirty window on a plane…somehow -check.

I had never seen a landscape like this before. I was astounded that Ireland was as green and yellow as it was. This was one of my first aerial perspectives. (I’m usually passed out on planes)

London, England

London, England

I refer to this photo as the “Hand of God.”

Good frame, great artwork from a local british artist - this photo came together naturally. Colors and contrast were ‘on point’. One of my favorites.

Duo, the husky

Duo, the husky

This is Duo. I met him on a hike near Guanella Pass, CO during a mist filled summer morning in 2014. I found him roaming the side of Mt. Bierstadt by himself and couldn’t find his owner anywhere.

He decided to tag along while we hiked the rest of the 14’er. He was extremely photogenic; pulling my camera out and pausing every few steps never seemed to phase him. Near the top, we found his owners who said he had ran off chasing a marmot. I shared a few images with them and we hiked the rest of the way back down together. It was a great way to end the day.

Mr. Mooserton

Mr. Mooserton

This is Moose. He belongs to my best friend, Matt.

This photo was taken during a hike in Aspen, circa 2015. It was one of the first times Matt and I had camped and hiked together alone. Moose was so happy to be out and about in the backcountry.

I took this photo on the first morning after crawling out of the tent. Moose had curled up and cuddled with both of us the whole time. This image always reminds me of just how great a dog he is.

Giants of Loveland Pass

Giants of Loveland Pass

Another one of my first images taken on a full-frame DSLR (I think it was a Nikon D610).

The composition and placement of the tracks were so enticing. I had to climb over a barricade of snow and hike up a hill to find the treeline, but it was totally worth it.

This image taught me that sometimes you have to put in a little muscle to find that perfect shot.

Drowning

Drowning

In 2013, I started experimenting with more portraiture that was dramatic and conceptual. It was only natural to start in with self-portraits.

This was my favorite - hunched over and curled up in a bathtub with a tripod in the water and some top-down lighting.

I was having a hard time at this point in my life and I wanted to express the ‘quicksand’-like feelings I had at the time. The result - half in and out of water, barely able to breath. Rotating the image so that it was vertical added another experimental element, giving the shadow of the face on the water another dimension. I learned a lot from this process and continued my experimentation from there.

Peyton 'f***ing' Manning

Peyton 'f***ing' Manning

This image was from 2015 pre-season, the same season where the Broncos won the super bowl. For those of you who don’t know this, I am a MASSIVE Broncos fan - born and raised.

This was the first time I was given a media pass at an NFL game. This shot includes a few of the greats - Peyton, JJ, Cushing… these images were a dream come true for this kid from Denver.

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Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

I love Colorado. That’s no secret.

This photo depicts the cycle of life. Near me, the remains of a trees, bark, and stumps from a wildfire. But in the distance, beautiful trees just across the stream. As you can see in this photo, new vegetation and plant life had already started to regrow.

When I saw it, I decided to set up the tripod and take a self portrait. I wanted to remember the serenity of that moment.