Why do you prefer to be called a documenter?

Taking photos was initially about trying to feel more comfortable around people. When I have a clear task or simple job to do, I truly enjoy myself around people. If I go into a social situation with a camera, Im able to engage for longer without breaking down from over-stimulation. Also, my brain doesn’t need as much time to rest and recover from human interaction if I’m documenting. Whenever I start to get over-stimulated, I just take out my camera. Documenting gives me one thing to focus on, and I don’t worry about talking to the people. I just document them. I still feel like I’m a part of whats happening, but I’m not overwhelmed trying to translate and process the environment.

Taking photos was initially about trying to feel more comfortable around people.

How did you get into surf photography?

Surf photography is a no brainer for me. I’ve grown up as an avid swimmer in a family of surfers. I’ve always enjoyed swimming out into the lineup with my dad or brother. Surf photography combines my love of documentation, water, and portraiture into one beautiful experience. I feel really lucky. 

I feel really lucky.