Ever since the advent of the digital camera, I was the guy snapping pics at the wedding, the baseball game, the family trip, you name it. Most of them were terrible but I liked the idea of documenting the experience and being able to share it with others.
In 2012, my future wife and I bought a Groupon for a photography lesson at the Boston Public Library. The man leading the group talked to us about aperture priority mode for about five minutes and then sent us on our way. I still have some of those horrible shallow depth of field bookcase photos, but I don't think it was long before I was back to auto mode on my Canon T2i.
Fast forward to 2016, I don't remember exactly what it was but something clicked and I decided I wanted to learn how to take a decent photo. I read a bunch online, a lot of which focused on portrait photography, and started to get a little obsessed. I think it had, and still has, something to do with how photography can be both technical and creative at the same time.
The obsession led to a significant cash outlay for a Canon 5D Mark III and a Sigma 85mm 1.4, both purchased at two different Starbucks from two different people that I found on Craigslist. At about the same time, I took an intro to photography class at San Diego Community College. I loved it.
Armed with my new knowledge, I began taking pictures of anything and everything I found interesting, but it wasn't long before I found myself gravitating towards the outdoors and the beautiful landscapes around San Diego.
My love and appreciation for landscape photography only continues to grow and is fueled daily by a now two year adventure, living on the road and traveling the US.