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My Journey Begins

There once was a boy who dreamed of traveling the world, but never quite imagined that he would one day be given the opportunity to make these dreams a reality. Do you share this same dream?

Stokksnes Black Sand Beach | Iceland

As a young child, I was always mesmerized with animals and the outdoors. I have always felt a connection with nature, in a way that I cannot explain. I would go to the library and spend hours upon hours reading nature and wildlife books when other kids were outside playing sports. I was different. I wanted to learn and discover everything our planet has to offer. I immediately gravitated to Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau was a brilliant ocean photographer, filmmaker, scientist and author. His photographs and his videography enticed me, and I longed to follow in his footsteps. I knew that one day I wanted to experience the world in the way that he does, and to have the opportunity to share my experiences to enthrall people in the way that he enthralled me. This is when my interest in photography began.

My fascination with photography began to flourish when I joined the yearbook team in high school and began to photograph local and school events, and put my skills to the test. I soon found myself captivated by the idea of being able to capture moments in a single flash like I never had before. I always knew in the back of my mind that my journey to photograph the world was going to begin here, in this small Texas town. After graduating high school, I ultimately garnered a journalism scholarship and was given the opportunity to continue to write and photograph for the university newspaper.

It was at this moment that I realized that photography was always going to be special to me... photography was going to give me the opportunity to share my vision and my passions with the world. This was only the beginning.

I was always a very curious individual. I have always been captivated by the ocean, by the mountains, by everything that nature has to offer. I have always desired to explore... to discover.

I am now able to share my experiences, my travels, and my photography with all of you. I believe that a photograph can speak from your soul. I want to photograph the world as it is, because nothing is more beautiful and captivating than reality.

There is so much beauty in this world that is itching to be uncovered. Let's uncover it together.

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free."

- Jacques Cousteau

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