I haven’t been a photographer for long, even saying that I am one now still sounds odd to me. However, I can say that I’ve had a passion and respect for photography for as long as I can remember. I still get the same overwhelming sense of satisfaction these days from the images I capture with my Canon as I did with the ones I captured with my Polaroid in the 80’s.
It was 50% chance and 50% fate that I found my way to Cycling Illustrated. A good friend of mine was competing in a mountain bike endurance race and I jumped at the opportunity to take photos of him during the race. I’ve always been a fan of sports photography and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to photograph a new sport. Eight hours of walking under the hot sun in Temecula over treacherous terrain doesn’t sound like an exciting day for most people, but I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Once I got over the fear of rattlesnakes, my photographic creativity was allowed to run wild. I captured riders dropping off of cliffs, climbing steep inclines, and flying over tabletops. And even though the riders had to endure much more than I did that day, I can promise they had just as much fun. It was by chance that a spectator mentioned an “awesome new website” for cyclist that may be interested in my photographs. A few days later my shots were displayed on the website and I instantly became a cycling photographer. I’ve done a few races now, and each one has been just as fun as the last.
If I had to describe my photographic style, I would say I try my best to draw emotion and tell the story as much as I can in my photographs. I mostly incorporate creativity into the images I capture by using different angles and perspectives. I shoot with the end viewer in mind as best as I can. While I am not the most technically savvy photographer, I am constantly learning and incorporating new techniques with every shutter click.
Being a part of the Cycling Illustrated team has been exciting since Day One. The passion for cycling and the standard to deliver a top notch product to riders are some of the reasons why I will continue to shoot for the website. My hope is that I can provide high quality photographs for all riders who visit Cycling Illustrated.
All the Best,