T: Where do you learn about new techniques and processes?
By talking with other creatives - other photographers, artists, painters and musicians. They let you know about what’s changing. Surrounding yourself with other artists gives you a deeper insight into your own work.
T: How did you develop your distinctive minimal style?
If you shoot on film, you quickly discover that film love's light. I realized early on that I was always searching for light and was drawn to photos that were bright with clean lines. There’s a fine line between minimalism and coming across as too cold though, so I always add a touch of warmth to every shot - a plant or a weathered object that has a good story behind it. That subtle addition is important to me.
T: When did you realize you had a lot of photography fans?
At the beginning of my career, I took an image of a girl in a dress and I lit the dress on fire. It blew up on Flickr and then I saw it all over Tumblr. That was when I realized, “Wow, people really follow my work. This is crazy.”
T: What advice do you give new photographers?
Don't be afraid to reach out to the people who inspire you. It’s how I’ve made some of my closest photographer friends - people are usually happy to help out. The best way to get into photography is to pick up a camera. Everyone has to start somewhere.
T: What do you wear on a photo shoot?
I usually wear a sturdy boot, chinos and a white shirt – it’s a great natural light reflector. Being comfortable but stylish without worrying what I look like is the goal. Versatility is also important to me because Portland weather changes all the time.
T: How does Timberland fit in with your lifestyle?
For me, as an artist, I’m drawn to things that have a story. I like Timberland’s history of beginning as workwear and then transforming into a stylish brand that people can wear anywhere.
T: What does the Modern Trail mean to you?
It’s about taking risks; doing what you love and helping others do the same along the way.