I am a Portland based outdoor, event, and studio photographer with over 9 years of experience in the industry. Before starting Single Track Studio in 2012, I worked for 6 years as a Studio & Project manager for Melissa Schwartz of schwartzstudios in Los Angeles. During this time I assisted with hundreds of photo shoots, learning everything I could about photography, lighting, editing, and managing a studio. I took those skills and my camera and headed to the mountains to capture photos of my other passion, trail running. Shooting an athlete running down a single track trail in constantly changing environment is about as different from studio photography as can be, but the attention to light and small details that I developed shooting indoors helped me capture beautiful images in the mountains. In return, the creativity and adaptability that I learned on the trail has been a valuable asset in my ongoing studio work. Since those early days, I’ve expanded my outdoor photography portfolio to include everything from skateboarding to rock climbing and mountaineering. If there’s a shot that you need, no matter how remote or challenging the approach, I’m your photographer.
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My photography, graphic design, and marketing skills combined with my active lifestyle make me an exceptional ambassador and salesman for outdoor and nutrition brands. I’ve worked with many different brands creating digital marketing content and and promoting brand image. My work for The North Face has been published in their catalogs, social media, and training material. Because I never stop exploring and pushing my boundaries in the outdoors, I’m able to test and authentically promote quality products with professional photographs, reviews, stories, and feedback. I am always trying out new creative outlets and expanding my social media presence.
I grew up racing mountain bikes all throughout Montana and the Northwest, eventually competing in a National Championship downhill mountain bike race in Deer Valley, Utah before leaving high school and entering the US Army. 4 years, two combat deployments, and a million push-ups later I left the Army to study Philosophy at UCLA. My love of trail running developed out of a need to get out in the mountains, meditate, and push my limits. Running became my therapy and a great source of inspiration for my photography. After several years of training and racing, I’ve run over 30 ultramarathon trail races and thousands of training miles on trails all over the West Coast. I tore the cartilage in my left hip while training for the 2013 Western States 100 miler and had to withdraw from the race one month before the start. I’ve been taking some time off from running since the injury to recover and spend time learning to rock climb and focusing on other outdoor activities. As an endurace athlete, I love pushing myself and exploring my own personal limits out in nature. Whether on a bike in the middle of the desert or the summit of a mountain, I always take a camera with me on my adventures.
A few of my running accomplishments:
4:44 50k Personal Record and 3rd place in my age group at the Bulldog Ultra Trail Run in the Santa Monica Mountains in 100+ degree temperatures and 8000 ft elevation gain.
Sub 24 hour (22hrs 48min) 100 miler in my first 100 mile trail run, Javelina Jundred 2011. Video documentary of the race.
6th place overall in the Headlands Hundred 100 miler trail run in San Francisco.
3:17 Marathon PR. Los Angeles Marathon, 2013