Howdy, I’m Justin and it’s great to meet you!
Where You Can Find Me
The Way I See Things
The world is a beautiful place full of wonderful people. Seeking out its beauty and sharing it with others is what I do. If only to encourage others to do the same. There is something transcendent about art and beauty. It’s a common ground that breaks down the barriers that divide us. I’m a dreamer, but in my heart of hearts, I know if we all recognize and share the beauty of this world, we will make it a better place.
- I published the very first tutorial on iPhone Photography and it has helped over a million people enrich their life through photography.
- I am an Eagle Scout
- Super Power: Uncanny sense of direction. I would be Magellan if there was ‘The Fantastic 5‘.
- Although my Doctor says I am 5’8.5″, I pride myself on being 5’9″
- Official member of the Unofficial A-Team
- Times 2006 Person of the Year
- Favorite Road: D26
- I play a 1975 wine red Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with factory routed humbuckers.
My Creative Path
My passion for photography began by observing my Grandfather’s unyielding pursuit of the family portrait. Armed with a used Konica and a flash he had re-engineered to work with what appeared to be a car battery he would document all our family functions. I was never quite sure if the battery was intended to improve battery life or cycle times? Either way, the flash was bright and family moments were captured. My academic pursuit of photography began in Mr. Wagner’s high school photography class. A review of my early portfolio would reveal a healthy blend of both sophomoric humor and teenage angst. To support this claim I submit my final class project pictured below.
As my passion for making images grew (and continues to grow), I became aware of a subtle shift in my perception of the world. New meaning was found in the morning and evening light. I became hyper-aware of the way the sun’s rays would illuminate a distant and finite horizon at sea. It wasn’t immediately apparent; however, over time this newly discovered sense began to dominate my perception and offer new meaning to both the sublime as well as the trivial in my daily life.
I have followed this passion for over 20 years. It has taken me to amazing places and I’ve made some of my best friends along the way. The camera, and the creativity it has afforded me, has truly enriched my life. There’s no question about that!
Out Exploring The Frontier
What I Like To Photograph
Beyond The Photographs
I believe every day we have is a gift so I do my best to honor that belief by keeping my mind and body healthy and active. Fitness is a big part of my life. If you have any questions about health, nutrition or exercise don’t hesitate to ask. If I can help another person along their own path to a vibrant, healthy and creative life, I’m all for it!
Cycling – One time I road my mountain bike 104 miles, which contained 12,000 vertical feet of climbing, in under 9 hours. Doing so, I earned this rad belt buckle!
SCUBA Diving – I fell in love with the world below the sea back in 1993 and I’ve been diving ever since. Unless Richard Brason steps up his game, diving is as close to being an astronaut as I’ll get. On one dive I met a big Green Moray eel in the hull of sunken ship.
Note: Eels, although you don’t want to provoke them (or anything for that matter), are pretty mellow. Not much to worry about when you come across one. Just be psyched that you saw it, eels this big are pretty rare.
That’s my wife giving me the universal dive symbol for….Holy crap, that 7 foot eel is awesome!
Adventures At Sea – In 2011, my personal goal was to race the Maliko Downwinder in Maui. Having never even been on a SUP and deciding to race one of the most storied stretches of water in the world, I had my work cut out for me. Here are a few images from start to finish.
The first time on a SUP, I couldn’t even stand up. All I could do was play some mean air paddle in front of the Stevie Ray memorial in Austin, TX.
Four months later, I was navigating the open ocean.
Six months later, I raced the Maliko and competed against one of my hero’s, Dave Kalama. Proof that you really can do anything if you set your mind to it!
Hanging with Dave Kalama at the start of the Maliko in 2012
Race Day – 300 paddlers from around the world and one tiger shark. I’m close to the bottom in the center. I’m wearing a yellow shirt.