I make it a point to head out to Moab, Utah at least once a year. It’s this crazy, moon-like desert that has everything imaginable to offer the outdoor enthusiast. This time we dropped into some of the various slot canyons just outside of town. One of the coolest things about shooting in canyons like this – the light is best at high noon. That NEVER happens!

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I just got back from a few days in NYC for the big Photo+ Expo. Excuse the cliche, but I love New York. I lived there for a few months in college for an internship and I love going back to visit. I feel like the city keeps me sharp – lose your edge and you don’t survive there for very long. It also reminds me though, why I’m so happy to live here in Colorado. The mountains keep me sharp in a different way, they connect me with nature and remind me what’s important in life. As it turns out, I need both city culture and the outdoors to keep myself satisfied. That’s one of the reasons travel comes so naturally to me. While I was there I got out for an afternoon to do some personal street photography with an old friend and fellow photographer Daniel Krieger, check it out…

Daniel Krieger on the highline. Feeling a bit nipply.

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São Miguel is one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever seen, and I don’t use that word lightly. From black sand beaches in a tropical paradise, to the greenest pastures you will see, to the wet and foggy Pacific Northwest and back again, all in one day. This island, about 900mi off the coast of Portugal has it all. Someday, maybe when I retire, I could live here.

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One of the reasons I became a photographer was that I saw how images could move people emotionally. They can incite change, rally people to support others, or donate money to those in need. The images from Nepal during and immediately following the earthquake a few days ago are finally pouring out into the news and social media outlets and people are starting to understand the gravity of the situation. This disaster feels more personal to me than others have in the past because I was recently in the region. Unfortunately I never made it to Nepal, but I did make a trip to the foothills of the Himalayas, where I was struck by the natural beauty and the generosity of the people I met there. Now I feel trapped on the other side of the world, wanting to be there on the ground helping and taking the photos that affect people to make a positive difference.

Unfortunately a ticket to Nepal is not an option for me right now, so instead I’ll focus my efforts here on raising money and awareness. I’ve decided to sell photographic prints, donating 100% of the proceeds to Nepali aid via the Red Cross. Print sizes and pricing below. Please view the gallery of what is for sale

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4 x 6″  – $20

8 x 10″  –  $75

11 x 17″  –  $125

16 x 24″  –  $175

Contact me to order or inquire about more sizing.

All proceeds will go to the Red Cross unless you have a specific charity you would like to donate to, in which case please specify. If you would rather donate directly here are some easy options:

Paypal is taking direct donations to different charities providing help

Rokpa House is a local Nepali charity fund providing help from inside the country.

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Back in January I got a call to shoot an awesome chef at an awesome restaurant, which was super exciting. I always like projects where my subjects are as passionate about what they do as I am about photography and Chefs always kill it. It’s even better when it’s for one of those dream publications that you look up to since before you started your career, something like the Wall Street Journal. They were running a story about a few chefs who were using interesting grain choices for food and Acorn’s own Steve Redzikowski was on the top of their list for his Faro Salad. After shooting and tasting everything, it was a pretty obvious choice. Take a look and check out the article too – http://on.wsj.com/1KSwXG9

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