I was never really interested in photography until one specific moment. Having just purchased my first digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) in January 2007, I began my long road trip from Washington State to Arizona. The winter scenery was remarkable with fresh snow on the ground and in the trees, so much so that I stopped at the
next rest area just to take it all in. At that place was a large evergreen tree covered in light snow and fern growing out from its branches -interesting and beautiful. I photographed the scenery and it was at that moment that I loved photography. Unfortunately that photo doesn't exist anymore, but it's forever in my memory and for that I'm eternally grateful.
In photography, I had discovered a great way to help keep in touch with family and friends across the country - I would write them boring email messages with unrecognizable photo attachments! But instead of carrying-on in this manner I studied photography (informally) so as that I could better capture the scenery and, in doing so, it inspired me to think of the people I love and admire on a more individual and personal level. To this end, many of the images I capture include thoughts of loved ones and thoughts of how I might write my story about that particular day or location. Without them, I would have never challenged myself to capture the beauty of things and life.