Favorite place to go shoot?
It may sound cliche, but my favorite place to shoot is wherever I'm at. Outside in nature is definitely my main place to go for photography, but no matter where I am, I have the best time taking pictures and I love to challenge myself. The best kept secret in my area would probably be the Pine Barrens. Being 20 minutes from the beach on the east coast, you'd never expect such a dense forest with areas resembling the PNW. The cool thing about it is that you really never see other people in there, just the occasional dirt bike ripping past.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
This is a tough one. I'm going to school to become an orthodontist, but I've never had braces or anything done to my teeth. A lot of people think thats weird haha.
How did you get into photography and the outdoors? What makes you love it?
I got into photography about 5 years ago when I was really into cars. All of my friends had exotic cars and they always wanted pictures of them, so I picked up my sister's T3i and started shooting. The outdoors came a little later, about 2-3 years ago, when I started having anxiety. Being outside and exploring just calmed me down without having to take medicine and I can say that now from adventuring, I really don't have anxiety at all.
What do you do outside of photography?
Well, like I said before, I'm going to school to become an orthodontist. I go to Ramapo College right now and then I have to decide which dental school I want to go to. For some extra money, I work at BMW as a driver which is pretty cool besides the fact that I don't like BMWs haha.
Which Lander product is your favorite?
All of them..... just kidding. Not really though. They're all so cool. But my favorite would probably be the backpack since I'm obsessed with backpacks and Lander's is so cool. I also love the Powell phone case. The thing fits so well on the iPhone and still has so much protection.
What advice would you give to people who want to get into adventure photography?
Just go out and experiment. I wanted nothing to do with photography when I took a photography class in high school. It honestly actually made me think it was boring. When I finally did it on my own and stopped thinking about it so meticulously, I had the best time and learned so much. Memorizing all of the "rules" of photography on YouTube is one way to do it, but actually putting yourself out there and figuring out different techniques and ways of shooting on your own is what's actually going to make you better. It will make the adventure much more fun and, therefore, help you appreciate photography and be thankful for getting into it. So just go out and shoot!