My goal is to create compelling images of nature that reflect beauty and drama in order to evoke an emotional response.
I feel very fortunate to live my dream of being a professional photographer and want to give something back. That’s how Art for Conservation and Education was created. This program uses the sale of fine art to support worthwhile NPO’s like the Humane Society International and Whale Dolphin Conservation Society, who fund programs which study and preserve cetaceans, increase scientists knowledge base, help train future educators and increase public awareness. Beside creating art for these NPO’s image libraries are donated and used in campaigns to end international whaling, end the demand for shark fin’s, & raise the public’s awareness on environmental and marine concerns.
In 1985 , I moved to Maui, Hawaii to work in the hotel industry. Three years later, I become a scuba instructor and worked in Maui, Indonesia, Fiji, & Palau. In the early 90′s my u/w photographs were well received and I was winning awards and getting published in dive magazines. In 1995, I married, Mieko a fellow dive instructor from Japan. We spent two years living the dream working on dive boats, traveling, and writing stories about world class dive destinations. In 1997, we decided to settle down and opened Maui Photography Inc. specializing in family portraiture.
In 2009 I began marketing my photography to hotels and resorts in the hopes of creating custom decor for rooms and public spaces. I was hired to create over 1000 pieces of art for the Honua Kai Resort in Kaanapali Maui. In addition I have created art for Dr. offices, a pet hospital, and restaurant. In 2011, we introduced a new division called Maui Photo Tours and are offering visitors and locals a variety of photography related workshops.
Mieko and I have two girls named Hana and Aya and two dogs, Finn & Dusty. Life is busy and full of excitement. While enjoying time with his girls, each year I leads adventures to Tonga, Fiji, and Indonesia. In Tonga, I take people to snorkel with Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales.
In January 2012, I receive the Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. This association of professional photographers is over 140 years old. I am if not the first, among the first to receive the degree based on print scores of underwater photographs.