A short profile about yourself and the media outlet/platform you work for.
I work alongside the editors at SNOWBOARDER Magazine as the Director of Photography, curating global perspectives from those of us behind the camera lens. Our collaborations with one another, all who contribute, and those that support the magazine’s art of storytelling are amazing. Our publication produces four print issues annually, numerous snowboard films, major events, and releases a constant flow of content digitally through our website and social media to all our audience and subscribers. SNOWBOARDER Magazine has become the world’s largest snowboard media over the last 30 years.
In your opinion, what makes a great action and adventure sport image?
A truly great action and adventure sport image needs to be compelling on so many levels. Beyond its basic merits of photography and trick selection, the scene has to evoke multiple emotions, make you feel like you want to be there, or ask yourself how it was even possible. It also needs unique lighting and processing. It has to stand out, especially with today’s mass image production and sharing abilities. These are just some examples.
What is your personal and professional relationship to photography?
I started snowboarding in New England as a high schooler. This ignited a life-long passion for the sport and the lifestyle, and led me to move to Lake Tahoe where I continued to pursue snowboarding as much as possible. Over these seasons I also found the gift/love of photography through the inspiration of the surrounding landscape. A further stoke was created, deeply influenced by the storytelling from snowboard media. I recognized its massive impact on the snowboarding community and I shortly made a powerful connection between snowboarding and photography. I began making photos of my friends snowboarding and attended a good number of events which led to seeing this vibrant scene first hand.
As I became a contributor to SNOWBOARDER and TransWorld SNOWboarding magazines it motivated me to contemplate a path to working in photography professionally. As I further chased snowboard adventure, the position of working behind the scenes within snowboard media presented itself after I moved to San Diego. I learned early on that I really enjoy working with photographers from all around the world, their magazine submissions, embracing opportunities to make photos, and creating a portion of snowboarding’s photo galleries and stories. This experience is so much more than an honor and a dream come true. I’ve now been working as a professional photographer since 2005.
What are a few recommended tips and tricks for photographers?
Actually doing the sport, and having a passion for what you photograph makes the deepest connection which helps you anticipate all the factors when setting up for the shot.
In addition to the creative process, make it a goal to establish a simple post-production workflow. This promotes good organizational habits. It’ll also save you time in the archival process and keep your clients happy.
Your network is huge for making ideas happen. Building quality relationships is really important.
Possibly provide an additional quote on one of the topics above or a related photography topic.
If you’re making imagery that makes you happy, you should be on track for a long life in photography.