Before 9 am: espresso. After 5pm: amber ale.
Favorite view or destination?
Nothing beats watching the sun rise from my surfboard on a good point break.
What makes you a creactive?
The Dalai Lama once said - 'Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly'. While I don't agree with this statement as it applies to morality; I do very much agree with it when applied to art. A happy accident that results in a great image, is just that, an accident. In photography, having a firm grasp on the technical aspects of cameras, exposure, lighting, and postproduction techniques allows me to be truly creative. When you're not worried about any of that you'll be truly free to be creative with your art.
I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. You're asking a guy with 251gb of music in his iTunes library. Lately, I've been really into City And Colour and Iron & Wine, but I'm always looking for something new.
What's in your camera bag?
For photography, I carry a couple Canon 5D Mark II's. For video, my go-to is anything with a PL mount that shoots in a Cinema DNG format.
What is your equipment?
Too much stuff. I rarely travel light for a shoot. Coming from a motion picture background, big setups feel like home to me. Not unnecessarily large setups, just setups that control the light as needed.
What do you love about JOBY products?
JOBY products are the one simple and light piece of gear I have. The fun thing with JOBY products is that I always seem to find new uses for them. Just last week I was on a shoot where we needed to rig a Cine Slider really low to the ground on uneven terrain. Two GorillaPod Focuses turned out to be the perfect solution and JOBY once again came through in a pinch.
What is your morning ritual?
Read, coffee, pray, start the day.
What is the 1 thing you would change in the world?
Nothing. I am content with the world as it is…good and bad…especially the bad, for it gives us a standard against which to measure what is good.
What is your favorite lens?
For portraits I love my Canon 85mm 1.2. Its shallow depth of field coupled with flattering perspective and spatial compression make it a must have for portraiture.
For action photography my go-to is a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II. Its range, speed, and sharpness make it a contender in my book for Canons best piece of glass.
What makes you a successful photographer?
I don't think there is a magic formula. When I was young, a friend told me that "If you make your business about truly helping people, you'll always have clients". This can be applied to any business, but for me it means being a good steward of any project that is entrusted into my care and truly keeping a client's interest at heart above my own. Make second mile second-nature.