Creator. Risk-Taker. Explorer. Photographer. Film-maker.
At 8 years old, my grandparents gifted me one of those red plastic pancake cameras. It was simple, light, and cheap. From day one, the toy camera and I were inseparable, not a single neighborhood subject was immune from our scrutiny. During lulls, I indulged in my grandparents' National Geographic Magazine archives. Together, these two artifacts, kept photography at the forefront of my youth. An actual career in the industry, however, didn't form until later in life when I left college in search of characters and stories around the world.
For six years, I backpacked from continent to continent, camping and wandering throughout SE Asia, India and Nepal, Europe, Central America, and Africa. I drifted frugally and curiously. I wanted, more then anything, to be a writer, the next great Paul Theroux. I carried little besides pen, notebook, a Nikon FM10 and a stock of Kodak film. Telling stories with words slowly transformed into telling stories with pictures.
Now, as a husband to the stylish-stylist Lily (www.lilykarsten.com), a father of two daughters, a homeowner, and a dreamer keeps me pushing further and farther. I went back to school to study commercial photography and worked my way up through the ranks. Today, I'm still dreaming and still creating in order to be an example to my daughters on how to live out your deepest desires.
I specialize in commercial advertising, outdoor adventure, active lifestyle and editorial. Based in the Pacific Northwest.