My passion for photography dates back to the analog days of film and physical photos. Professionally, my career in photography began in the mid-80s. Over a thirteen-year period, I built up a successful photography company in the Seattle area that included a portrait studio, a photo processing lab along with a school picture and yearbook franchise with Jostens School Products. At our peak, we were delivering 30,000 portrait packages a year and I led a team of 5 photographers. We did everything: Portraits, Seniors, Sports, School Pictures, Dances, Weddings, and Events.
During that period, I developed and refined my photography skills while building a successful business, but with the sheer volume of work, I had lost touch with my passion for the art of photography. In 1996, with the digital revolution on the horizon, I was able to break up the business, sell it off in pieces, I moved to Maui and I never looked back.
Fast forward 20-plus years, and I have come full circle. Advancements in optics and digital technology have reignited my passion for the art of photography, I’ve assembled my kit and updating my skills. No longer encumbered by business ambitions, I simply motivated to share the passion of my art with others. Photography is fun again.
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Welcome to Maui Insider and my enchanted home in the middle of the sea. Maui is an extraordinary and magical destination and I am passionate about helping visitors uncover their own path of discovery of this island I love so dearly. I am deeply curious about the History, Culture, Environment, and Geology of the Hawaiian archipelago and I love sharing my knowledge with new friends that I make along the way.
My love affair with Maui began when I first visited in the 70s and I made it my home in the winter of 1997. After more than 20 years this magical island is still revealing its secrets and treasures. While Maui offers an array of amazing tours and activities offered at tour sales desks all over the island, I focus on helping visitors on their own path of discovery of the uncommon experiences that are not necessarily tied to generating revenues for the Tourism Industry.
I am truly an island boy at heart. I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. My father owned a commercial fishing boat and I put myself through college working in Alaska for the summers, where I developed my appreciation for a strong work ethic.
I graduated from Seattle University with BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. During the 80s and 90s, I built a successful photography business that at its peak delivered over 40,000 portrait packages per year. The business included a photo processing lab, two studios, and the Western Washington franchise with Jostens Photography. My business hired up to 12 photographers and we specialized in weddings, events, sports teams, senior portraits, and of course high-volume school portraits.
In 1996, I sold the businesses and in 1996 I moved to Maui and reinventing myself as a Travel Director, leveraging my business and logistical experience from high volume photography. Over the last two decades, I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States, and even internationally. In 2007, I founded the Eco Preservation Society and our organization supported multiple conservation projects in Costa Rica, my role was to develop the Eco-Tourism program and to organize international volunteer programs related to reforestation, wildlife rescue, and sea turtle conservation.