My immediate goal is helping you tell the best visual story. My sneaky ulterior motive is fostering appreciation for the natural environment, so there's something left for your grandkids. I also tend to fly in the face of established dogma - I can't always be someplace at the magic hours, so I shoot what it takes to tell the story. My secondary goal is showing you how to do that too.
I found my grandfather's Leica camera in the basement when I was a kid, and it all went from there. There was a sales job in a camera store, songwriting and performance in rock bands, a couple engineering degrees, and design work in Silicon Valley, but I've always loved photography.
Active Light began in 2003 as Mountain and Desert Photography, specializing in wildlife photography in the U.S. west. I was also photographing pro mountain bike races like California's Sea Otter Classic, and travel. After limited publishing and print sale success, I switched to commercial work - working portraits, food, and event photography.
Trouble was, I kept wanting to go outside.
I wrote for technology and other clients for a couple years, based on my 25 years of semiconductor chip design, and did applications engineering for a chip layout software startup. Photography took a back seat in those years, but I missed getting out with a camera.
After completing the park management degree, I worked for Santa Clara County Parks, moved to New Mexico, and worked for the National Park Service.
I did some photography for NPS at Petroglyph National Monument, including their Find Your Park 2016 picture. But I also wanted to share some of the incredible pre-historic and early historic sites that make New Mexico such a cultural crossroads.