About Me

Growing up i always had an interest in animals, but not really in hunting, fishing or the outdoors at all if ‘m being honest. I picked up a camera for the first time in 2015 to photograph trains. From there I began photographing the buildings and landscapes that were near the tracks. As my interest in landscape photography grew I began seeking out better opportunities which led me to some of the most rural parts of southeast Missouri. After getting my first telephoto lens I began photographing wildlife at local conservation areas, wildlife refuges and all that fell in between. These days i photograph both landscapes and wildlife on private and public lands in Missouri and Illinois primarily. I’m proud of my photography accomplishments, but the best thing to come out of this hobby has been a new-found love of the outdoors.

My Gear

I often get questions about my gear so here goes. I try to buy good equipment, but i buy it used from places like KEH to save money. In addition to price, i also prioritize weight over having the fastest versions of each lens since i tend to hike with my landscape gear often. On the wildlife side there’s no such thing as light so that’s a different story.

Camera:   Canon 5dmkiv
Lenses:   Canon 16-35 f4, Canon 24-105 f4, Canon 70-200 f4, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
Tripod:   Slik 700dx, ball-head, gimbal
Bag:   Lowepro Flipside 500aw

2021 Photo Exhibit Schedule

If you’d like to see some of my photos in person, here’s your chance. One of the great things about photography is getting to share your experiences with others. Every year i book several exhibits at Nature Centers and art galleries around the area with hopes of sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. Missouri’s Nature Centers offer great ways for people of all ages to get in touch with nature. They offer hiking trails, indoor and outdoor bird viewing, education play areas and they often have classes and presentations that are free to attend.

MARCH 2021
1st – 31st  |  Cape Conservation Nature Center – Cape Girardeau MO
JULY 2021

1st – 31st  |  Sikeston Depot Museum – Sikeston MO
AUGUST 2021

1st – 31st   |  Sikeston Depot Museum – Sikeston MO
SEPTEMBER 2021

1st – 30th  |  Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center – Kirkwood MO

Awards & Accomplishments

Here’s a few of the awards that i have been fortunate enough to win over the last few years.

2020
– Best in Show (Wildlife), Margaret Harwell Art Museum
2019

– Best in Show, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
– Honorable Mention, Margaret Harwell Art Museum
2018
– Director’s Choice, Missouri River Bird Observatory
– Finalist, Missouri Lottery Calendar Contest
– Best in Show, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
– Honorable Mention, Margeret Harwelll Art Museum
2017
– 1st Place, Native Wildlife @ Crab Orchard NWR
– 1st Place, Native Wildlife @ Mingo NWR
2016
– 1st Place, Native Plantlife @ Mingo NWR