The Interwoven Art of Human Emotions and Light

Most know that possibly the single most important aspect of quality photography is a powerful use of light. Add in human emotion that plays off of the present light and it can create bold imagery. Here are some brief examples of work that I have done with my beautiful girlfriend Alyssa. 


California Daydreaming

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
It is getting cold here in Minnesota...so naturally I am making a post NOT about the pending winter months, rather me fantasizing about my trips to California. I enjoy visiting California very much and shamelessly look like a tourist while I am there; carrying around all of my camera equipment (of course I look like a tourist EVERYWHERE I go because of this). With this said, I look forward to the upcoming winter photography opportunities for me...which are right around the corner!

Red-eared Slider, Azusa Pacific University Turtle Pond, Azusa, CA
Pacific Ocean with Pelicans, Santa Monica, CA
Palm Trees, Pasadena, CA


Foggy Reflections

Fog and sulfur steam, Yellowstone National Park, WY
This past August, early one morning in Yellowstone National Park, I was lucky enough to photograph this stunning lake within the park. "Fog" hugged the treeline, making for absolutely beautiful imagery. Interestingly, it is not just fog, yet a mixture of fog and sulfur steam from vents in the ground. The smell of sulfur was quite strong - as is the case with many areas in this park - as the volcanic earth beneath you leaks through the surface.

Fallen Tree, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Reflection, Yellowstone National Park, WY
 My girlfriend photographing the gorgeous landscape, Yellowstone National Park, WY


The Badlands of South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Late this past August I visited one of my personal favorite National Parks: Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Not only is there sentimental value to me (growing up I visited many, many times with my family) but the raw beauty of this wilderness impresses me every time. If you ever get the opportunity to visit this incredible place, you must take advantage of it!

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

As seen above, the grasslands surrounding the sprawling Badlands is captivating in its own way. Not only is the landscape stunning, but the wildlife is beautiful and can be a challenge to photograph...thank you telephoto lenses!

Pronghorn, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota