Hometown: Irvine, CA
Years Experience: 8
The Surf Channel: What type of photography best describes your aesthetic?
Action sports, lifestyle, and travel shots. I don’t like staged photos.
TSC: Top 5 photographers that have inspired you?
TSC: What was it that inspired you to start taking photos and/or filming?
My dad used to take photos of my friends and I when we were kids out wakeboarding or skiing, and I used to think of all the unusual, different angles that I wanted him to shoot from. I would compare it to the shots that I would watch in videos or edits, or shots I would see in magazines and try to mimic them. With my dad’s camera equipment at my disposal, I began shooting my friends and trying to figure out new, unique ways to photograph the same trick over and over.
TSC: Is photography more of a hobby or career path?
Photography has always been a hobby of mine that was sidelined while I finished my education; but with my recent graduation, I hope to put more time and effort into pursuing photography as a career path.
TSC: Do you have a camera that you use the most? What do you like about it?
Always had Nikons since I started and have been varying it up lately, but my main camera that I have been using is a Nikon D90. My go-to lens is my Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye —I’m in love with it.
TSC: Do you ever use film (35mm)?
I play around with disposable cameras a lot and those still use film, I’m pretty sure.
TSC: Dream destination to photograph?
Bali, Indonesia. Something about the Asian architecture, crystal clear waters, and tropical terrain make it a beautiful and diverse place to shoot at. Followed by the top of any mountain in Canada or Alaska, covered in 50+ feet of snow, a storm brewing in the distance, and a helicopter at my disposal would be an incredible experience.
TSC: Favorite destination you’ve been to photograph?
I’m split between two destinations where I had a great time shooting — Leysin, Switzerland and San Sebastian, Spain. We did an awesome park shoot snowboarding in the Swiss Alps followed by a kicker that we built with a hot air balloon festival going on in the background. San Sebastian offered a beautiful city in the backdrop of a very fun surf spot followed by a hidden halfpipe sesh behind the church in Mundaka.
TSC: Tell us about yourself as a person –how your brain works, your workflow, career path…
I don’t really know much about myself; still trying to figure out what I want and where I’m headed. I’ve grown up in Irvine my whole life, moved to Malibu for 4 years while I attended Pepperdine University, and spent 8 months of my college career living in Heidelberg, Germany where I studied and traveled around Europe. Just having graduating college has left me in an interesting place, one where my path isn’t predetermined and I have to get out there and figure out what to do with my life. I simply just like to have fun, too much of it.
TSC: Who/what are your greatest influences?
Greatest influence has to be my dad, mainly because he is the reason I got into all the sports I’m involved with today. Both my parents have provided me with all the equipment to go out and ski, wakeboard, surf… anything that I was passionate for and they backed me up 110%. Going out and riding with friends and family everyday inspires me to get up every morning to go out and enjoy life. You wake up and see a photo of some guy boosting a big air off a wave in Indo, or an edit of some skier hucking a huge laid out back flip off the super jump in Park City — that is what inspires me every day.
How did you get involved in surf culture?
Growing up 10 minutes from the beach my whole life made it inevitable that I eventually get into the surf culture. My dad raised me on skiing and wakeboarding and it wasn’t till I got my license that I was able to fully engulf myself in what surfing had to offer. Since I wasn’t able to wakeboard and ski every day, surfing became my every day of the year activity. Moving to Malibu for college expanded my knowledge and love for the surf culture that I now find myself wrapped up in.
What sports are you most interested in? Of those, which are you interested in photographing?
Skiing and wakeboarding take my top priority followed closely by surfing. I had my snowboarding phase. After that, I dabble in a bit of skateboarding, mountain biking, dirt biking, and hockey —I’m an adrenaline junkie, anything that gives me a rush. My favorite to photograph would probably be skiing and snowboarding, because of how creative you can get with all the different perspectives and angles you can get. Surfing has been my new endeavor, trying to branch away from the typical head-on surfing shot and get a creative background in there somehow.
TSC: Who would be your Top 5 dream clients?
TSC: Top 5 tunes you’re listening to?
Happy – Rolling Stones
Bad Kids – Black Lips
Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes
People are Strange – The Doors
Mirror in the Bathroom – The English Beat
All images by Nick Harris, contributing photographer to The Surf Channel.