My childhood was split between the Great Lakes of Michigan and the Gulf coast of Florida. My young adulthood was spent enjoying the beauty of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Each of these places gave me a unique appreciation for the outdoors and a desire to conserve our environment for future generations. Moving to southern Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, in 2008, one of the fastest disappearing places on Earth, brought that desire to a new level.
While coastal Louisiana has the highest rates of unnatural land loss on the planet, it is also home to some of the most beautiful natural surroundings imaginable, igniting my interest in photography, and the most resilient and soulful people I’ve encountered, strengthening my interest in telling important and compelling stories. I hope that the photographs I took and the stories I shared during the five years I lived in the small bayou community of Chauvin, capture a sliver of its beauty and serve to inspire people from across the nation to work together to ensure the survival of this American treasure and the people who make it so special.
Leaving south Louisiana to be closer to my family in the Midwest has brought the best adventure yet – falling in love and marrying the most kind-hearted, generous, smart, supportive and beautiful traveling companion I could have ever imagined. Carolyn and I are proud to make Lansing, Michigan our home base, but also enjoy every opportunity we can get to hit the trail and explore new places and capture their beauty and uniqueness through the lenses of our cameras.
I hope that you enjoy my photographs. Images are available for sale. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing an image or wish to discuss the possibility of a freelance writing or storytelling project, please contact me at 269-331-0937 or [email protected]. Thank you!