Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? My most basic tip would be to shoot in RAW format, and learn how to use Lightroom (or any other editing app). You’ll hear it quite often because its true - the single most important thing for an amateur photographer is to go out and shoot as much as you can. Shoot all different types of genre and see what you like. Commit yourself to getting better. I don’t have as much time to create as most photographers do, but I’ll grind it out and make the effort to get out as much as possible - and my family usually comes along. I also live 40 miles from SF and over 50 miles from Mt Tam (one-way), so you have no excuse. Just get out and shoot! Follow photographers that inspire you, and emulate them - see if you can replicate their work to a certain degree. The best athletes in the world today have emulated some of the greats when they were amateurs, and it can certainly apply to creatives, too. Doing this will get you closer to where you want to be as a photographer, and in your own form.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Lots of good ones out there. Legends such as Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry (@stevemccurryofficial) and Joel Meyerowitz (@joel_meyerowitz) are always inspiring. Joe Greer (@ioegreer, @ioestreet) and Lucy Laucht (@lucylaucht) are my current favourites. These two are the best all-around photogs in my opinion. Sam Alive (@samalive), Forrest Mankins (@forrestmankins), Samuel Elkins (@samuelelkins), Jake Debruyckere (@jaquib), Emilie Ristevski (@emilielula), Dan Tom (@dantom), Andy Ross (@andyyross) and Nicholas Maggio (@nicholasmaggio) are some other favourites.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? @hambyd, @zakmauger, @lea.savvides, @jessetalavera - there are probably a few others.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Anywhere colourful, culturally rich, and near the water. Maybe Thailand or India.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Fall probably, but generally anytime other than winter.
The coolest place you've ever been? Paris and all the cool villages in southern France. Gorges du Verdon was breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like it. My wife and I also spent a few weeks in the Czech Republic to teach in an English Camp before we had kids 10yrs ago! Currently, we’re in a season of life where its difficult to travel (by plane) and also very expensive, so we settle for day trips, and short road trips.