Photographing nature, animals and landscapes is what got me into photography in the first place.
The turning point which turned my love of photography from enthusiast to professional was a photo safari I took to Alaska in 2001. Leading the the expedition was my good friend from college, Rich Reid, who shoots for National Geographic. After spending two weeks, traveling three thousand miles, and shooting 90 rolls of film, I was hooked.
After returning to Santa Barbara and processing all that film, Rich examined my work and told me that I had the potential to go professional. The rest is history. It didn't take long before I began to dive into the local beauty of my hometown, focusing on the beaches and coastal mountains.
Unlike photographing people, shooting nature is minimally invasive. It provides a special connectedness and aura of peace. Great nature photography seems to also be more universally appreciated and admired.