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I always wanted to make a living doing something creative - and have the flexibility to pursue whatever crazy ideas popped into my head. Enter photography. Not people photography, not weddings, not soda cans covered in droplets of water.

I shoot what I like and figure if you like it too, you might spend some of your hard-earned cash on it. I believe your money can make you happy. My job is to create artwork that makes you happy.

I can be obsessive about my projects because I feel like I have this need to get things perfect. Perfect images of the perfect flower, the perfect shell, the perfect leaf. And if there is a spot on that perfect leaf, well, then that is a perfect spot.

I have been married to my wife Brooke (my beautiful and financially supportive wife Brooke) for over 16 years. She…

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  • Born on March 5
  • Joined December 8, 2007

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I always wanted to make a living doing something creative - and have the flexibility to pursue whatever crazy ideas popped into my head. Enter photography. Not people photography, not weddings, not soda cans covered in droplets of water.

I shoot what I like and figure if you like it too, you might spend some of your hard-earned cash on it. I believe your money can make you happy. My job is to create artwork that makes you happy.

I can be obsessive about my projects because I feel like I have this need to get things perfect. Perfect images of the perfect flower, the perfect shell, the perfect leaf. And if there is a spot on that perfect leaf, well, then that is a perfect spot.

I have been married to my wife Brooke (my beautiful and financially supportive wife Brooke) for over 16 years. She is my harshest critic. If she likes something I've created, then I know its going to be big.

We live in West Michigan and have a gallery in Saugatuck where I show my work and some beautiful artwork by friends of mine that do pottery, glass, jewelry, and furniture.

I won a big award from National Geographic in 2001 and they paid for Brooke & I to go to Africa for a couple of weeks. We had an elephant scratch her stomach on the back of our Land Rover. We were ten feet away from a hippo when five lions decided to attack her (she got away, and so did we). We drank hot chocolate and Amarula under a million Southern stars out in the middle of the African bush.

We met an elderly woman on the trip who asked us "Don't you think life is just one big adventure?" And I have to agree. It was on this trip I decided I needed to do photography full time, no matter what.

Do what you love, and you will love what you do.

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