I grew up in landlocked Colorado but was fortunate to get certified to dive at age 12 in Cozumel, Mexico. Until moving to San Francisco, CA in 2015, I dove infrequently only during family vacations.

Shortly after arriving in California, I bought my first regulator and BCD to be able to explore Monterey’s kelp forests on the weekends. Despite low-visibility, cold water with strong surge, I became fascinated with the life in the kelp forests and wanted to share what I was seeing with others. Before long I was diving in Monterey several times a month with the sole purpose of taking photos. Regularly diving in the same environment gave me the opportunity to revisit shots of certain subjects that I wanted to improve or try a new technique on. My passion for underwater photography really blossomed during this time.

For the past 8 months, I have been living with my girlfriend in Central Mexico which has been a great jumping off point for exploring the Mexican Pacific, Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. I started my own engineering consulting firm, Aeroquatic LLC, to be able to work remotely and have more flexibility with my time, allowing me to spend more time underwater taking photos. Projects I have worked on as an engineer include moon rovers, earth observation satellites, delivery robots, and driverless vehicles. Using my engineering skills, I have also designed my own dive computer housing mount, a travel-ready downline for blackwater diving, strobe extension knobs, and torch snoots.

My images have been awarded in numerous competitions and have been published by a variety of well-known outlets. You can see a list here.

I am currently a member of the Kraken Sports Pro Team and use their high-quality optics, lights, and accessories for making my images.

Please reach out to me if you are interested in small group workshops, prints, licensing, or collaboration.

Photo Credit: Mike Chalup/Backscatter/NCUPS (top), Michael Alyono (bottom)

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