Few photographers have the ability to transport viewers to exotic
locations with their work. Dan's extensive portfolio of award winning
landscape and travel images takes you on a journey to some of the world's
most beautiful and far reaching corners. Rich colors and compelling composition
tell the story of each place he visits. We can't wait to see where he takes us next.
Where were you born and raised? Where have you put down roots?
I was born and raised in the very small town of Kim, in Southeast
Colorado. Nowadays I spend about half of my time traveling overseas or
around the US, and half the year back in Colorado.
What type of photography do you shoot? What type of photography
are you most passionate about shooting?
I shoot landscape, travel, and western, but what I am really most
passionate about is blending travel and landscape photography together.
My goal is to create a grand scene that could be a landscape in itself,
but that also shows people or culture as well.
How long have you been a shutter releaser? What led you to this profession?
My mother is also a pro photographer, so I grew up around cameras
and photography. Although she makes her living with portrait photography,
we were constantly going to the mountains to take pictures. I think that started
it, and then when I started traveling about five years ago it really grew into my
main passion. I wanted to be able to share the amazing things I was seeing!
How has Zenfolio helped your business?
Zenfolio has been great for me. I spend so much of my time on the road I
have to have a web-based site. I not only need to have my print sale s managed
for me, I need to be able to make changes to my site from wherever I happen to be.
Zenfolio is great for that. It is amazing how many times I've made site changes for
clients from my phone on the road. I also love the super clean layout. I want to
show off my photos, and Zenfolio allows me to show the images without the site
getting in the way. I get compliments about my site every day from other photographers,
editors, and clients who love how easy it is to get their images from a shoot.
MAC or PC?
Do you have brand loyalty for Canon, Nikon or something completely different?
I shoot Nikon. Although other companies make great cameras as well, I love the build quality
of pro Nikon bodies and the fact that they are excellent for shooting things that move.
I have to have a camera that can lock focus in an instant, fire off a ton of shots in quick
succession, then get soaked with water or pelted with sand and keep on working without pause.
What was your first published work?
I can't remember exactly. It wasn't all that long ago, it just wasn't
very memorable! I was in a ton of small local calendars and some small local
magazines and newspapers. Cowboys and Indians magazine was the first of any importance.
What inspires you as a photographer? Or who?
I would have to say my main source of inspiration is found in the amazing
places I visit. I am constantly in awe of the grand landscapes and people of the world.
What are your thoughts on using social networking sites to market your photography business?
I use and love Flickr as a marketing tool. Not only does it expose your work to a ton
of people, it also helps you to grow as a photographer through feedback about your images,
and inspiration from other photographers.
When photographing I would have to say purple. It can have such an amazing look when captured in
the world, and it is not that common.
Tell us something about yourself that we would never guess.
I am a mountain unicyclist. It involves an extremely tough unicycle designed for
the mountains and the goal is to find the hardest trail possible and see if you can
ride down it. I love it!!! It is pretty challenging (obviously) but once you get the hang
of it.... it's incredible!! Google it :)
What is the very first camera you ever owned?
I think it was a Minolta film SLR.
If you could only listen to one album the rest of your life, which would it be?
Wow! Tough question! I am a musician and I love music, so that is difficult to answer.
One album....."Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison
What piece of equipment or doohickey do you have with you on every shoot?
Travel umbrella!!!! Gotta have it! I pretty much look for the worst weather imaginable to go shoot in so a
small umbrella is maybe the most valuable accessory I have.
Final words of wisdom on being a first class shooter?
"Work harder than everyone else. It is not easy to crawl out of a warm tent at 3a.m.
into the freezing cold to hike for miles, when you know you may not even get a sunrise.
But if you do it enough times, eventually you will be rewarded with the most incredible
sights on earth, sights that most people never see. Those moments are why I love photography
and where strong images are made. Go out time and time again before the sun and you will see
the quality of your work soar.