My parents bought a Canon AE-1 when I was in high school. It seems like we would take the film to the grocery store to get it developed. I sort of adopted it, mostly documenting mischievous acts of teenagers. Seeing the pictures always made my day. It wasn't long before I took over on my dad's first video camera as well. My brothers, friends and I would shoot ridiculous movies. I would edit "in camera", rewinding the VHS tape over the "mess ups" and then reshooting. With wardrobe sponsored by thrift stores, and a soundtrack of radio tunes we recorded on cassette tapes blasted from our boom box, many bad ideas were documented. I guess that's where this all began: playing around with cameras, trying to have fun and making art. I discovered a foundation for my creativity when I enrolled in a fine art photography class as a freshman at Texas Tech University. My physics and calculus classes suffered when I realized I wanted to take pictures all day long and experiment in a dark room all night. Major events followed that helped harness and refine my vision: a two-year mission to Chile; a BFA in Photography from Brigham Young University; and my studio manager position with West Coast commercial photographer Jerry Garns in Los Angeles. I raise my glass of horchata to all of these people and places that have shaped my professional path.
Today, the focus is on taking care of my clients, and my 4 daughters, alongside my wonderful wife Tami. I take my relationship with my clients very seriously, pushing myself to make the best still and motion images possible to meet their needs. Such projects have taken my crew to several continents and has covered a myriad of industries. It's easy to photograph a beautiful location with interesting people, but the true challenge is making an average environment and imperfect items look appealing. I find joy in attacking these visual challenges. Behind the process and many years of experience, there is still a young naive heart beating that drives my work and art. I hope to meet many more inspiring people and their projects, as I continue to learn while traveling down the road on this amazing journey.