Blue Talon Photography
1) Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Colorado. Minus a 4-year stint in the Army, I’ve always lived here.
2) How did you get into photography?
I became interested in photography the same way many did when I stumbled across some of Ansel Adams’ work. I was so taken by the beauty of his work that I wondered to myself if I could do it. I worked with landscapes for awhile and then dropped it for some reason. Fast forward many years and my wife, who was then pregnant, wanted me to take some maternity-style pictures. I hadn’t picked up a camera in years and, needless to say, the photographs were awful. That was 8 years ago, and since that day I have dedicated most of my free time to becoming the best photographer I can be.
3) What do you do for fun in Colorado?
I like biking in the mountains and running when I get the chance. But these days I mostly spend time with my 8-year-old son for fun.
4) What’s your favorite quote?
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Cappa. I think this quote applies to the type of portraits that we do, whether it be high school seniors or a fine art portrait. I always try to tell a story in my portraits, typically the story of who the subject is. You can do that with props and setting, but the real story of a person is in the eyes.
5) Most treasured item?
I have to cheat on this one a little, because it’s actually nine items. I’ve completed nine Ironman Triathlon races around the country, and each of those medals is a huge symbol to me of what can be accomplished if you really set your mind to it, work towards your goal and never give up! I don’t really have the typical Ironman physique and I’m definitely not the fastest racer, but I crossed the finish line all nine times. Quitting is not an option — this philosophy has served me well in my life.
6) What quality do you admire most in other people?
I admire people who are fearless and unapologetically their authentic selves, and who are willing to take risks to create their own happiness.
7) Your favorite holiday destination?
I love Colorado in general, but Telluride holds a special place in my heart. I love the drive up and the atmosphere in summer. It’s just the thing to clear your mind and recharge your batteries.
8) The best thing to do in summer is?
I hesitate to be so obvious, but it’s definitely to make photographs! When the sun is out and the temperature is warm, I want to be photographing more than anything else.