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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it."  
                        - Ferris Bueller

It's easy to get caught up in the rigors of our daily lives; from honey-do lists to keeping up with my wife and two boys. I absolutely love my day job as I program manage a very talented team of 50-plus photographers. But like most jobs, it can get a little stressful and pretty hectic at times. 

 

So my personal photography is my way of slowing
it all down and exercising a little creativity. I get outside as much as possible and use my camera as a personal creative outlet whenever I can. Doing this has taught me the value in stopping and taking in the moments I would otherwise pass right by.

 

Whether photographing people or places, outdoors or indoors, I find myself at ease behind the camera. But what I truly enjoy is the experience of discovering new places and meeting new people along the way.

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I've also had a long-standing passion for the great outdoors. Climbing, mountaineering, competitive biking and backpacking have been just a few of the outdoor activities I've been fortunate enough to take part in over the years. Preserving and caring for our amazing national and state parks for future generations to enjoy is important to me, and is critical to their preservation. So I've decided to donate 10% of my photography revenue to the National Park Foundation as a way to give back and help support the care for our national and state parks. 

Founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer, Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children's cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, Flashes of Hope photographers photograph more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States and have photographed 86,695 children at hospitals and camps across the United States. Cancer is the leading disease killer of children yet childhood cancer receives only 4% of federal funding for research. For too many families, the portrait is the last one they have of their child.

 

I'm honored to be a registered volunteer photographer for Flashes of Hope. There's nothing that pulls at my heart-strings more then a child with a terminal disease. Giving these kids and their families something to smile about is all the reward I need.

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