I was born and raised in a small town in northern California called Paradise. After I graduated from Paradise High School in 1983, I attended the University of California, Davis. There I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science in 1988.

I then began an aviation career in the United States Air Force and served 8 years as a pilot. I spent my first year in pilot training in Enid, Oklahoma. It was there that I got to first witness the fierce Plains thunderstorms and this sparked my interest in photography.

In 1990, I moved to Rapid City, South Dakota and piloted the B-1B Lancer for 5 years. The Black Hills of South Dakota were simply spectacular and reminded me of my years growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. In 1995, I moved to Del Rio, Texas and spent two years as a T-38 instructor pilot before returning to Rapid City, South Dakota.

No longer in the Air Force, I had the opportunity to pursue my photography interest. I focused primarily on aerial, weather and night photography.

I piloted a severe weather research aircraft from 2000 - 2003 and received my Master's Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2003. I now spend most of my time on photography and raising two children.

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Credits & Accomplishments

Standing Witness, Devils Tower National Monument, A History by Jeanne Rogers:
Cover photo

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, 2007:

Dahl Mountain Photo Contest 2006:
1st place Professional
Best of Show
People's Choice

Weather Guide Calendar 2004

National Geographic Explorer

The Learning Channel

The Discovery Channel

The Weather Channel

South Dakota Public Television

KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Journal

Rapid City Weekly News

Astronomy Magazine

Stormtrack Magazine

Next Magazine

Tree Care Industry Magazine

The Landsculptor Magazine

New York Academy of Sciences Magazine