My heritage says Netherlands.
My upbringing says Michigan.
My education says California.
My resume says, aviation, sailing & freelance artist.
My passion says go everywhere, see everything, meet everyone.
My mission says ... document.
The reason I am a photographer is s i m p l e really // It's language. It's art. It's paying attention. It's personal. It's slowing down. It's time stopping. It's milestones. It's mistakes. It's recollection. It's nostalgia. It's celebration. It's gift giving. It's traveling. It's strangers. It's friends. It's emotional. It's humorous. It's timeless. It's c o m p l e x .
"The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life. It's so easy to make complex"
My camera and I live an unconventional life. We do a lot of traveling together. Sometimes we live and work in our little northern Michigan treehouse. Sometimes we live and sail aboard a 37' boat in the sea. My entire life I've dreamed of being able to be in two places at once. It's a work in progress... "being in two places at once"... but I think I'm getting as close as humanly possible.
It is portrait photography in which I am motivated. I love people, and the relationships I have with them fiercely.
Your wedding. Your children. Your relationship. Your story. It's really important. All of it. Let's document.
TRAVEL DATES // 2018 Catch me while I'm near you.
When I am not in one of the following locations, it is safe to assume I am in northern Michigan
Now // Hamble-le-rice, England Jan 19-22 Dusseldorf, Germany // Feb 2 // Traverse City, Michigan // March 6, England, United Kingdom // April 16, Gibraltar // April 26 Asheville, North Carolina // May 24 - Isle of Skye, Scotland // June 26 - Tahiti, French Polynesia // August 30 - Steamboat Springs, Colorado // October 3-10 // Annapolis, Maryland // November - Lagos, Portugal
Traveling slow brings with it creativity, introspection, and perspective. When I am not documenting others lives, I am sharing the joys, miseries, and comedies of living aboard. Recently having sailed double-handed from Michigan to England, I am not only convinced, but relentlessly certain, that the greatest means of travel is via sailboat.
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