I didn't even get into photography for the pictures, I started because I needed a way to express myself and photography gave me an opportunity to get peoples' attention and say what was on my mind. And it's always been more about the adventures than it has been about the pictures to me. It's about appreciating the world God gave us. It's more about the experiences associated with traveling and the peripheral aspects that go into taking a picture. I'm an adventurer first, a lot of other things, then a photographer- and that's something I've lost sight of recently after being really put off and demoralized by how negative people in the photography scene have been, some people who have been entrenched in it for so long and forgotten many of the virtuous things about it. Part of that is my fault for engaging in it. I'm a very competitive person, but I don't believe you ever need to put other people down to get to where you want to be in life. In my own anecdotal experience, I've found that the more I support other people, the more support I receive. I don't look at it as a transactional thing at all, but rather as a true manifestation of what's going on in the heart coming forth into the world. You don't have to be perfect, but I think the more you go and spread positivity or whatever it is you want to bring to the table, the more of that you will see in reciprocation from the world. I think all the challenges in your life aren't there to break you.. but rather there as opportunities for you to overcome and be built into the person you are meant to be. Many of the problems you face are reflections of where you are at in life and in your heart, and can be used with the right perspectives to help you grow into the strongest version of yourself.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dried up the bones." Proverbs 17:22