Best kept secret about your area?
The best kept secret in my area is the Umpqua National Forest. There are many great views and lots of waterfalls that not many people know about.
Favorite place to go shoot?
Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I'm tall. With shoes on I'm about 6'5"!
How did you get into photography and the outdoors? What makes you love it?
When I was 15, we had a big snow storm in my area. Being the kid I was, I couldn't stand being stuck inside so I went into the backyard. I started snapping pictures of the plants and the snow with my iPhone 4. Ever since that day, my passion for photography has continued to grow. The thing I love most about photography is the memories you make. I remember my first hike with a camera like it was yesterday. My friend let me borrow his family's Canon Powershot. We went to a secret spot called the "Cliffs." It was foggy the entire hike and once we reached the top, the fog burnt off right in front of us revealing a view of the Willamette valley as the sunset. I still remember us running around on top of the cliffs because of the pure stoke of what we were witnessing.
What do you do outside of photography?
I just graduated from high school. One of my biggest hobbies outside of photography is Lacrosse. I played all 4 years in high school and hope to continue playing in the local men's league. I am currently working for the University of Oregon Concessions. I work things such as football and basketball games.
Which Lander product is your favorite?
My favorite Lander product is the Cascade 5200 Power Bank. This my favorite because of it's convenient size and charging capability. If I'm ever in a situation where I need to charge something. I know I can rely on my Power Bank.
What advice would you give to people who want to get into adventure photography?
My advice to people who want to get into adventure photography is to just do it. Shoot with whatever you have. I can say from personal experience, that you don't need the best gear to make great memories or to take photos that you're proud of.
Based in: Springfield, Oregon