WHAT’S YOUR HOMETOWN?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Bad Axe, MI
WHAT’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN OR CURRENT TOWN THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS?
It doesn’t rain that much.
WHAT’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS?
I played college basketball for four years, and was an All-American basketball player.
WHAT IS YOUR FULL-TIME PROFESSION?
I am a Instructional Technology Consultant. I went into education and taught fifth grade for 5 years, and after that I got my Masters in Instructional Technology. Now, I train teachers how to incorporate technology into classrooms and into their lessons.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY?
About two years ago, my older brother got a drone and he said that a lot of real estate agents were asking him to take photographs. Where I live, there was nobody doing this, so I bought a drone mainly to start doing real estate photography not really knowing the more artsy side to it that I’ve come to love and enjoy. I had no photography background whatsoever, so this has been a learning process and I continue to enjoy learning and making the photographs.
WHAT DOES AERIAL/DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOW YOU TO DO IN ORDER TO CREATE YOUR VISION?
It allows me to share images from a different perspective, and give my audience a different wow factor. I sell all of my images in an art gallery, and when people walk up and see the banner saying “Drone Photo Gallery” it gets them curious. They might have seen drone pictures before but to have a gallery that’s all drone pictures is another neat factor that plays a role.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORKING PROCESS SOME?
A lot of my inspiration comes through Instagram. I follow a lot of other drone artists, and will find inspiration from their locations and work. My family and I love to travel Michigan, so I’ll tell my wife different locations that I want to go drone at. She will do a lot of the leg work as far as finding campgrounds for us to stay at near the locations I am looking at shooting. It’s really a family affair – I have four kids, and all of us will go to a location and we’ll stay for a few days before we move onto the next location. I’ll make some time for myself to go and take the pictures I have envisioned. I also take solo trips and I’ll drive a few thousand miles to hit a bunch of locations in one weekend. These types of trips are great at I can get so much content in a weekend, but definitely takes a toll on my body.
YOU ALSO DO WORK IN THE “TINY PLANET” STYLE – DO YOU SEE THESE AS BEING RELATED?
Yeah, I think so. The tiny planets come from me shooting a lot of 360 degree images with my drone. I have seen the tiny planets for a couple of years now, and it was just a year ago that I had the realization–”I could turn a lot of my 360 images into tiny planets!” It does give a different perspective for the viewer, but with a fresh view.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
Probably the number one thing is the God made Earth we live in. Michigan is such an awesome state, and where we primarily travel right now. There are so many locations out there that I haven’t been to which pushes me to keep finding new locations. Also, the compliments I receive about my work inspires me to go out and see/capture more.
WHAT’S IN YOUR CAMERA BAG RIGHT NOW?
It started with one bag, but now I think I have four bags. My main drone that I shoot with is a Phantom 4 Pro. My handheld camera is a Sony a6300. I have a GoPro, Lume Cubes, and thanks to the #Capture4Cubes competition, I will have the accessory pack for the Lume Cubes soon too! I also have a Zihyun Crane gimbal for my Sony a6300 in the bag. I have a variety things and it changes based on the shots I’m looking for.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
“Just drone it.”
I don’t know who said, but I’ve heard it before. It’s a riff on Nike’s “Just Do It.” If you see a cool location, you have got to go and just drone it!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPERPOWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Flying–it’s obvious but it’s true. My sister is a pilot in the Air Force. She gets to fly stunt planes, and seeing what she can do in her planes is pretty amazing.
FAVORITE MOVIE OR BOOK?
I don’t have too much time for movies or books with everything I have going on, so I watch a lot of YouTube. Specifically, people like Peter Mckinnon and Casey Neistat. Those guys have so much creativity and show people different ways of doing things–I’m really inspired by watching their channels.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOUR FAVORITE SHOT MADE WITH A LUME CUBE?
This was at Tahquamenon Falls. I got out there at like 1 AM, and I start taking pictures. I had a Lume Cube on the drone and one in my hand to light up the scene. As I’m taking pictures, I look on my camera screen and notice the Milky Way just to the left of where I’m shooting. So I adjusted my camera, and was able to get the Milky Way above the waterfall. I was just in awe of the beauty of the falls and how it was looking on my camera’s screen. Without the Lume Cube, a lot of the detail would be lost in this image.
ANY EPIC SHOTS/TRIPS PLANNED?
Right now I’m going out to Silver Lake, Michigan. It has some of the biggest sand dunes in Michigan, and I’m recording a friend’s proposal out there. After that, I’m going to Iceland to capture some epic shots. It will be a short trip, but we are planning on hitting up a ton of spots. I am a pretty organized and OCD person, but have done zero planning for this trip which is a week away. I am a little nervous about that, but we will get it all planned in time.
DESCRIBE LUME CUBE IN 5 WORDS OR LESS.
The most versatile light.