My passion of photography stems from my deep love for the outdoors. Ever since I was young, I would always be amazed at the things found outside. It was difficult to appreciate nature growing up in a big city, but once I moved to Arizona, my appreciation for the outdoors increased greatly. The southwest is what I call home, and it is the most beautiful place I have been to thus far in my young life. Everything about the desert is foreign and exotic to me. The sandstone formations that turn crimson in the early and late hours of the day are what keep me coming back. The photographs of legendary Arizona Highways photographers Jack Dykinga, David Muench, Gary Ladd, and George Stocking are what began to influence my work. Seeing their stunning images and how they used compositions, and often the great light was something I wanted to be able to create myself. Then, I learned about the likes of legendary photographer Galen Rowell, who's work completely blew me away. Seeing the varied styles of each photographer helped me try to develop my own style and personal taste. I often try not to replicate common images, although, icons are icons for reasons. I strive to create the best possible image that speaks to me about that specific moment. I am always after that dramatic image showcasing incredible light, and unique compositions. I still have much to learn, but it is an exciting process and one I hope to master some day.