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What did your 18 year old self see you becoming

Well, that’s split between a professional boxer or a photographer. I had the boxing thing down as a pretty successful amateur; but photographer? It was all about taking snaps of my crew at parties. Beer bonging and red eyes. Ironic thing is my photography finally did come full circle. I found my niche right where I picked it up – capturing the moment.

Can you remember the first time you got paid to take a photograph?

Yup, almost puked I was so nervous. It was a simple editorial portrait of a paleontologist in Washington, DC. Nicest guy, blue sky, great conversation. Perfect day. The saying is true: “You are your own worst enemy”.

When you need it, what inspires you?

A good book. Something conditional and real. Amazing stories of incredible people doing incredible things. Philanthropic deeds. There’s some great stuff out there. Just got to keep your ears on.

What were you like a s a 10 year old?

I’m sure I was a bit of trouble.

How do you get your news?

Online of course, and The Wall Street Journal.

What might surprise people about you?

Aside from the surfer demeanor, I’ve got a bit of OCD. Super organized. You’d never know that from my dress code.

What is the most important thing you have ever lost?

I spent some time in an alternative placement for kids when I was in my late teens. A close confidant and mentor there made jewelry for a hobby, and made me this simple ‘ol brass bracelet. It was the kind that – after a month or so – used to make my wrist turn green. I used to have to scrub my arm for a half hour or so to get it clean. I never took it off, except to wash my wrist. One day, five years later or so, I took it off for one reason or another, and left it sitting on a windowsill at my local boxing gym. When I came back eth next day, it was gone. Devastated.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you do?

That’s an easy one. I would be working with at risk and under privileged youth. Providing the necessary stepping stones that are commonly missing from their equation. This is something I do in my free time and I get so much enjoyment from it – watching the growth.

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