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About me and this site

I am a designer, landscape photographer, content creator, and father living in Atlanta. Here’s a little more about me and the path which led me to where I am today.

New experiences and challenges

These days, I am focused full time on developing my skills as a fine art landscape photographer and sharing my progress through this blog, my portfolio site, and YouTube channel. Photography has been an interest for most of my adult life, but it wasn’t until reaching a personal and professional crossroad that it became my full-time focus.

That crossroad came after spending nearly twenty-five years working in design and technology as a design leader, creative director, and startup founder. As much as I love designing products, leading teams, and developing brands for other people, I decided it was time to focus my attention inward. To create work under my own name, seek out new creative challenges, and pursue something new instead of repeating the past.

Over the past couple of years, my landscape photography work has taken me to Iceland (twice), Norway, Hawaii, the Dolomites in northern Italy, the Canadian Rockies, plus three trips to the American West.

Past professional career

Before I embarked on this journey, I was Senior Director of Design at Mailchimp. During my time at the company, I helped build a new Design department incorporating all product, brand, and marketing design teams with the mission of providing a more consistent user experience across the board. Changes were made externally as well with a refreshed brand identity (launched in late 2018) to help strengthen and systematize Mailchimp’s visual style and brand aesthetic.

Before Mailchimp I was an entrepreneur, launching two software businesses. The most recent of which was Koken, a self-hosted photography content management and website publishing system. Also, SlideShowPro, which for a time was one of the most popular photo and video media players on the internet.

Before developing and designing my own software, I was a creative director at Turner Broadcasting working on Super Deluxe, a short-form video comedy network. Super Deluxe featured animation, comedic shorts, and user-generated content. Unfortunately, Turner got cold feet and turned off the lights. Ten years later, Turner brought Super Deluxe back from the dead, then pulled its plug again in 2018. Chances are by the time you read this, Super Deluxe may be back for another try.

In the early years of the internet, I designed and developed websites, games, and interactive experiences for businesses large and small.

Before getting into tech startups and digital design I was a young twenty-something living in idyllic Charleston, South Carolina. There, I worked in print design, marketing, and advertising for the performing arts and local ad agencies. On weekends, I moonlighted as a DJ on South Carolina Public Radio. My late-night show, “The Kitchen Sink”, was broadcasted on eight stations throughout the state and featured an eclectic mix of international music.

About this site

This site is an extension of my YouTube channel where I post weekly videos about photography, product reviews, tutorials, creative thoughts and ideas, as well as travel vlog content when I’m out creating new landscape images. Whenever I write or talk about products, all opinions are my own. Product links are usually affiliate links, which is explained in more detail here.