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Top 10 Images of 2014

I Hope everyone had a great Christmas Holiday. I can’t believe that 2014 is just about over. It has been a great year and I wanted to finish it out with my top 10 images from this past year along with a little background and info on how I shot them.

#1- Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Iceland Glacier WalkNot a big shocker here for anyone that has been following me lately. Iceland was my favorite place to shoot this last year. I’m only going to include one shot from this trip even though I could easily add more. If you want to see more images I shot there you can check it out on a previous post here.  I love the texture and colors of this shot. It screams epic adventure to me and that is what Iceland is about, a giant epic adventure. Shot this with a Nikon D810 and the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens 1/500 @ f/ll ISO 800

#2-Vickie Walker Portrait-Good Housekeeping Magazine

Vickie-1I was really honored to be able to photograph Vickie. She is an incredible person and was really nice to work with. Her husband was tragically killed in the Trolly Square shooting of 2007. She noticed a lack of support groups for people in her situation and went on to create a victims advocate group called Circle the Wagons. She is a great example of how to overcome tragic loss with something good to help others. Photographed with a Hasselblad H5D-40 and 80mm lens 1/125 @f4 ISO 400 Profoto B1 Air and large umbrella

#3-Rancher Portrait- SelectHealth

Rancher-1Nothing too crazy here. I Just loved how this portrait came together. Great location and its always nice when you can get the real deal for a model on an advertising shoot. Nikon D810 with a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/640 @ f/2.8 ISO 125

#4-Railay Beach, Thailand

Thailand-1This shot ended up being my favorite shot from Thailand. Here again I could have included many more but you can see additional images on a previous post here. Thailand has the best beaches I’ve ever seen. This is also a huge rock climbing destination. Really amazing place. Nikon D4 with Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/80th sec @ f/14 ISO 200 on a tripod.

#5 Amaze Campaign-SelectHealth

C-1We got this shot early in the morning when the sun was coming up in Downtown SLC. Shot it with available light and a California Sunbounce to fill in the shadows a bit. Nikon D810 with Nikon 35mm 1.4 1/640th sec. @ f/2 ISO 125

#6 Police Officer Portrait-SelectHealth

Police Officer-1I have a great respect and appreciation for police officers. It was fun to work with Trevor he is a great family man and really nice guy to work with. Nikon D810 and Nikon 35mm 1/125th of sec @ f/2 ISO 400 with a Profoto B1 Air and a large shoot through umbrella.

#7 Ripstix Campaign-Zija International

Zija-1This shot of fitness model Debbie Tebbs we created for Zija and was one of my favorites. She is a natural athlete and really good to work with. The client wanted a bit grittier look for this campaign. Really fun shoot. Nikon D4 with Nikon 24-70mm 1/1600th of sec @ f/4 ISO 200 and the sun bounce.

#8-Antelope Island Trail Running

I had been wanting to shoot out at Antelope Island for sometime.  Fitness model Matt White called me up and asked if I wanted to go shoot something with him.  I thought he would be perfect for a nice Antelope Island trail run adventure. Matt and his friend Katy worked out great. Nikon D810 with Nikon 20mm 1.8 1/400th of Sec. @ f/5.6 ISO 64 all natural light.

#9 Cally Grindstaff Portrait-SelectHealth

Idaho-1Captured this image while on assignment in Idaho Falls, ID for a testimonial campaign for SelectHealth. We created this shot mixing available and strobe lighting. Shot mid afternoon on a Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm 1.4 1/160 of sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 64 with a Profoto B1 Air and medium shoot through umbrella.

#10 Browning Clothing

Browning-2Lastly, I got this image while on a catalog shoot for Browning. After driving around our location I found this nice open field with a windmill that I thought would work well for the truck shot we needed for the catalog. We had a brand new Ford f350 for the shoot and it all came together nicely for this shot. I used a polarizer filter on the lens to bring out the sky better. Again on the Nikon D810 with Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/800th of Sec @ f/4 ISO 200 all natural light.

That concludes my top 10 images of 2014. Special thanks to all my clients, my assistants Cory Steffen and Stephen Bain, my stylists: Christie Somers, Michelle Bindrup, Kathy Exhenbrecht and lastly production help from Michelle Drier. I also need to thank my sweet wife Karri for holding down the fort and keeping tabs on our two daughters while I’m out shooting. I couldn’t do any of this without her help and support.

I hope you liked them and I look forward to what 2015 has to bring. Hopefully even more adventures and even better images and opportunities. Got to keep pushing! I’d also invite you check out my newly update website at Thanks for checking things out. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

My Interview for

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed for the popular podcast I was excited to be a part of it and am really happy with how it turned out. If you would like some insight into how I started my career and my philosophies on working in photo industry. Go check it out. Thanks to Josh Rossi for the letting me contribute. It was a great experience. Here is the link to the interview.

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Never Give Up on Your Dream

I took a trip to Southern California last week to do some portfolio reviews and see some friends. I took my wife and kids and we had a great time. It had been a few years since I had been down there and it was nice to go back. I spent a lot of time down there during collage. I was able to get a nice shot at La Jolla Cove while were there. It was nice to change up the scenery and get out of Salt Lake for a bit. Road trips are good for the soul.

LaJolla-1While on the Southern California theme. Yesterday I came across a pretty amazing quote that I wanted to share from legendary skateboard icon Stacy Peralta.

“I was part of a group of teens who came out of the Venice, California area in the 1970s—we were known as Dogtown Z-Boys, or the Zephyr skateboard team. We wanted to become the first professional skateboarders in the world. The problem was, there was no such thing as being a professional skateboarder. There were no skateboard shops, skateboard parks, skate magazines—there was no skateboard industry. I’m often asked today, “Man, when you guys were skateboarding in swimming pools back in the ‘70s, did you have any idea how big skateboarding was going to become?…20 years ago…it was illegal to skate in the street, in parking garages, on school playgrounds, in front of buildings, in public parks, but most importantly it was illegal to skate in our favorite places: in empty swimming pools. Of course, inherently, the challenge with skating in pools was that we had to learn how to deal with concrete. The urethane wheel had suddenly made it possible for us to ride terrain that was previously impossible to ride. Now we could ride inside pools with 10-foot high solid vertical walls. Remember, this was before the advent of skateboard helmets, pads, knee or elbow or wrist braces. Our safety equipment was a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and a tiny pair of Vans deck shoes. When we skated inside empty pools, we went back and forth, up and down like a pendulum. When we fell, we usually fell from the top, and falling from the top of an empty pool is exactly the same as diving into an empty pool. So here is the rub. You could be the best pool-rider in the world, but if you couldn’t fall properly then the dream was over. So learning to fall, or fail, was our most important move, our most important trick. It even superseded our talent. It became our most valuable skill and we developed a very important technique: arms out, touch, elbow, shoulder, roll. You can’t go head-on into concrete and survive, so we learned to roll out of our falls—it was the underpinning of our success. It was the one skill that allowed all of our other skills to flourish. I learned how to fall off my skateboard. The secret to following my dreams has been my ability to navigate and manage failure. I fail more than I succeed. And in order to succeed I needed to understand how to fail. And I’m not talking about one failure; I’m talking about all types of failure and especially failure that persists, over months and sometimes over years, in the pursuit of a dream. Because it’s not failure that is the real danger, it’s when repeated failure leads to defeat. If you’re defeated, your dreams vanish and if your dreams vanish you’re left wondering, “What if?” I’m still making films and what’s totally surprising to me and completely crazy, is that I’m a middle age man and my name still appears on a skateboards, wheels, and shirts, which is something that began as a foolish teenage dream.”

Whats your dream? Life is too short for regrets. Go get it!


Balancing Business and Passion in Photography

I was asked last week to write a guest blog post for Picturline’s Blog about something that I could share with their readers that would be helpful and introduce myself. I decided to write about how to balance shooting what you love with making a living. I think it turned out well and people seem to be responding to it well. It is out today go check it out! Here is the link: