Where are you from?
I grew up on the Waianae coast of the island of Oahu in Hawaii but I now reside on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Why did you want to become a Photographer?
I always had a deep love for nature and the outdoors. Photography started as just an excuse for me to be out in the outdoors on adventures to witness nature in it’s best light. It has now become a burning passion to capture that next shot. I view photography like golf there is 2 ways to get the ball in the hole one is very special, a hole in one and the other is to hit the ball multiple times, the combination of shots to get the ball in the hole. For me all I care about are the hole in one shots I refuse to take multiple shots to get the job done as anyone can do it in multiple shots. So my passion is the pursuit of that next amazing single frame. So I guess the reason that I have stayed a photographer in this world of emerging graphic artists is to inspire the next generation and show that you can with a little skill, dedication and Patience still capture amazing images in camera without all the HDR and exposure blending that is going around. I want others to feel that same joy I feel when achieving a beautiful natural one shot image.
Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
I chose this shot because it was a first of it’s kind. I waited over five years to get the conditions to do this shot and then when I got the right conditions I only had 3 days in the water before the lava took the beach away. To get this shot I had to swim right next to the active volcano in the surf. Entering the 110 degree water with it boiling just feet in front of me and filled with chunks of floating lava bombs and volcanic glass made for an extreme adventure. Before I took this shot no one had ever photographed the lava in this way. I love the waves and I love being on the active volcano but to be able to shoot both at the same time was a dream come true.
Anything else you want to add?
I just want to say follow your dreams and passions. Sometimes it may take awhile but if you take the time, put your heart into it and pursue your passion eventually the opportunity will present it’s self allowing you to accomplish your dreams. It doesn’t always come easy you have to work to achieve your dreams.