Q: What made you want to become a photographer?

A: I don’t know what made me become a photographer.  Seeing images no one else could actually feel is something that drew me to photography.  Being inside a wave with a GoPro, not a lot of people actually know what that feels like or even looks like and I wanted to share that with others.

Q: How and why are you using Lume Cubes in your work?

A: I use Lume Cubes when I shoot a lot of Astro images and especially when I shoot Macro.  The ability to move the lighting and adjust the amount of lighting is essential to getting a quality shot.  Lume Cubes are totally waterproof so I use them in the water a lot as well.

Q: Who are you inspired by?

A: I was inspired by Shaun Smith and Beau Johnson and their wave photos with their GoPro’s.  My mind was blown by seeing their glassy images of waves doing incredible things.

Q: If you weren’t a photographer? What would you be instead?

A: I am actually not a photographer, I have a full-time JOB in the automotive industry.  One day I’ll become a photographer, need a lot more practice and time. 

Q: If you could only shoot with ONE lens-type for the rest of your life, which would it be? Fisheye, wide-angle, prime, zoom, macro, or a telephoto lens?

A: If I had one lens….  I think it would be the 70-200mm f2.8.This lens is pretty versatile and I love the compression the lens provides when zooming all the way in.

Q: What is your go-to camera?

A: Sony A7Riii, I’ve been a Sony shooter since the first A6000 came out.

Q: How do you keep your photos fresh and new?

A: TRAVEL!  Right now I am a little stagnate with always having to photograph our beautiful San Diego coastline, I know it sounds ridiculous.  Change things up, shoot with one lens for the day and just have fun.  If you’re not having fun, don’t do it!

Q: You have an undeniable passion for life, how do you stay positive? Any tips?

A: Having health issues many years ago, I know what it feels like to almost have everything taken from you. Only one outlook on life now, ALOHA ALWAYS! I try and spend a lot of time with my family and MAKE time for my friends. Time is more precious than anything else you can give another human being!

Q: What is your preferred editing software?

A: I’m not too savvy on editing software so I usually stick to Lightroom.

Q: Coffee or tea? 

A: Costa Rican Blend Cafe!

Q: If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, thing, etc), what would it be?

A: Elephants in Africa

Q: What is your favorite thing about Photography?

A: The ability to capture moments others may never have seen before and have them feel like they were there with me.

Q: What is your least favorite thing about Photography?


Q: Where is the next place that you want to shoot with Lume Cubes at and how would you use the Cubes?

A: Paris in March at night!

Q: Any pieces of advice for someone that is just starting out in the photography world?

A: Practice, Practice, Practice…  Never get down on yourself, no one is perfect and you’ll learn something new every time you bring your camera out!