Portrait Focus, Life Updates!

Hello, everyone!  
It has been over a month since I dropped a new post and I wanted to offer up some explanation for that.  As some of you may know I do not actually do photography for a living, that is still the dream and the reality at the moment is that I am serving as Security Forces for the USAF.  With that title can come a lot of things, one of those being serious time consumption due to taskings, training, or just general working a full-time job on top of all my traveling!  However, fret not as I do have PLENTY of backlogged content.  Since we last spoke I have been back into the Highlands, out to Lake Como and Milan in Italy and am actually currently a month deep into a six-month stay in the absolutely stunning Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  


My main issue with keeping up on blog posts:  Honestly it is a TON of work and can sometimes really feel like it is for nothing.  Culling images and figuring out how best to put into text the experiences that I go through during my travels on top of the countless hours of editing can be a real drag at times.  This all on top of needing to keep exposure and activity up on my social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook really makes for a compound effect.  It also takes up a lot of time I could be spending shooting more, traveling, meeting people and planning new trips.  That all said I have gotten really lucky lately and my new workplace is very ok with me editing and consolidating between tasks on duty so I have been able to knock out edits really quickly but unfortunately the only thing I dislike more than editing is writing!  So no wild promises of constant content but you should expect the usual monthly or bi-monthly posts from here on out as well as some older content!  I would love to show you guys some amazing places from my time spent in Okinawa and mainland Japan so expect to see posts on Tokyo, and the Kansai area very soon!


Moving away from the news, here is what I have been focusing on outside of my usual work the past couple months.  I knew coming into the second half of 2016 I wanted and needed to focus a bit more on posing and portraiture.  Some of you may even have noticed it in my travel work but this is not what I was particularly focused on.  I wanted to go outside my usual strong suit of candid and street work and try some more structured work.  So I dove in!  I shot with some models and had a wonderful time while also starting to market myself more toward couples and folks looking for the more "typical" photographer.  I honestly have enjoyed it much more than I anticipated and even knocked my first nude shoot out of the park.   Messing more with flash has been challenging but in a very fun and exciting way, and I can not complain about the fact that I bring in a lot more in the way of funding with this work!  That being said I am also still really open to collaborating on projects and am not stuck on charging for work as it has lead me to meet some awesome folks this past year.  Have a look through the highlight reel and let me know what you think! 


A big thanks to everyone above, shooting with all of you was incredible and I can only hope you are as happy with the photos as I am.  Thank you all again for the awesome support, and a special thanks for my awesome models for showing me the ropes and being so kickass! Tasha I am super serious I will be down to visit in S Africa so soon especially with all the killer wildlife I see on your Insta!  Shannon we MUST meet up again to shoot and crack a few cold ones when I am back in country!

My First Gallery!

The Guests

This past weekend I had the joy of opening my first gallery here on Okinawa with three other amazing photographers on island.  The opening night was a hit as you can see above and we still have two more weekends to show the images before we sell them off the wall!  I wanted to try to personalize the experience a little and offer a more creative way of judging our numbers at the end of the opening weekend so this is what I came up with.  We took a headshot of everyone who attended (them allowing of course, a few camera shy folks are not shown).  Below I want to showcase a few of my favorites and explain why I was so happy to see them show!

This would not even begin to be possible without Ryan.  He has been an amazing help and was there opening night with me.  Ryan is one of the other photographers in the show and was the first I contacted when I realized the space was large enough to start a collaboration of sorts with local photographers.  From the advertising and selecting the other photographers to last minute setup and hanging the prints Ryan has been there helping me out every step of the way.  Thanks again Ryan for all of the help!  It is an honor to hang my prints with yours.

Another that can not go unthanked is Paul.  Paul owns the space and was the man to present this great opportunity to me.  He was the one who backed the project from day 1 and for that I can not thank him enough!  One day hopefully my business skills can reach his level.  Thanks for letting me snap this, I hear you are not one to like your photo taken.

Jamie I want to thank you so much for making it out.  What you are doing with the Shutterbugs page has helped so many and some of the advice I received through your amazing group has led me to where I am today.  There are few communities so welcoming in the world especially photography ones.  I know we talked about how it can go unappreciated at times but know that everyone I have talked to loves the community you have put together and really respects all the time and effort you put into keeping it amazing.  Thank you for all your hard work, it does not go without notice.

Always nice to see other photographers out supporting the art.  Thanks for coming by Joshua

Broke his axel that morning and still made it out, an amazing friend and a skilled photographer.  Thanks for coming out Fez and for stepping in front of the lens for once!

Man I don't even know where to start.  The gentleman in the back of this hilarious photo has become one of my best friends on this earth, a true brother to me.  We were not so close in high school but our adventures on Okinawa are timeless to say the least.  A big thank you to the whole gang goes out, thanks again for making it down.  Tull is for sure the wife in this photo, just saying.

This group has become something of a second family to me lately, I was not surprised they were there but that is a gift on its own.  To many more cigars and shots, thanks for all the love

Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker, Bobby and Dillon.

There are plenty more to thank especially from my cop family but I need to wrap this thing up.  A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and will continue to support me.  I hope I can live up to the hype in the future.

Also a huge thank you to my mother, my grandmother, and Tsgt Izaguirre who opted to pre order prints in order to help fund the event!  This would not be possible without your support!

Be sure to join us for the closing weekend at the end of this month in American Village!