It's Nice To Meet You.
A pencil. A playbill. A stranded football. Many things can be held accountable for firing a passion within young hobbyists. Who would have thought that for me it would be a phone? Raised in Lake Tahoe, nature was no stranger. What began as childhood play in the woods, blossomed into a lifelong passion for the wilderness. From there, it was a nearly seamless transition into capturing those amazing views to share with the world.
When I’m not behind the viewfinder, I can be found creating music, or tampering with technology. I share a lovely home with two cats, and more backpacking equipment than I care to mention. I love to meet new people, and am always open to a random conversation with a stranger. I’m here because I value nature. I’m here because I want to share that with you. I’m here because it would be selfish to keep the beauty of this world and everything in it hidden away in my own minds eye.
I think the best place for me to start is describing how my hobby for photography quickly turned into a passion. Being a full time student studying Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno gets to be painful at times, just like anything difficult worth pursuing in life. The start of Summer 2015 I told myself I would spend more time exploring the Reno/Tahoe area. All I had at the time was a GoPro Hero 3+ and my iPhone to begin documenting my daily adventures, creating videos and photos to add a visual representation of those memories. I started my Instagram page that summer to have a medium for sharing my adventures with hopes of inspiring others to get out and explore the area around them. Now, writing this today, I look back and see all the amazing, supportive people I’ve met along the way. I’ve made life long friends, sparked an artistic element within myself I never thought existed, and traveled to destinations I could only dream of. The best advice I can give is to get out and put time in every day for what you love, whether it be photography, skiing, your career, anything! I’ve learned to not compare my progress with others; instead setting your own goals and carving your own path, for me, is more rewarding than trying to follow someone else’s.
The past two years have been filled with so many twists and turns to pushing my creative limits, but all in all I can say I wouldn't have changed a thing. After moving back to Reno at the beginning of 2016 I decided to throw everything I had into becoming a student of film and photography. It became quickly apparent that even with little to no direction, persistence was key, and led me into a completely new lifestyle. Learning and thriving in a creative industry is something that takes time to grasp, and self discipline has proven itself as the ultimate challenge. Amidst all the hurdles I've had the privilege to work with numerous companies in the western U.S. and overseas to share my vision. After being apart of multiple startup businesses and working as an independent contractor, the steps moving forward seem much more transparent to my future achievements. It's always been my goal to make this a reality, and everyday I find myself a little closer.