I moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the area. The very first day in town, I passed the "Life" statue in Memorial Park and knew Riverside was where I wanted to be. Whether a historic landmark, the activity of the river, or sweeping cityscapes, I saw potential - and Jacksonville’s beauty opened a passion.
Shortly after, I began recording the spirit of the city and surrounding on my daily bike ride commutes. Since then, my love for the area has only grown. My understanding of our natural world and how we interact with it has only grown my interest. I aim to always have a spirit of adventure with the images I capture.
July 2015 saw the creation of Kram Kran Photo. In August 2015, I displayed a variety of photographic works at the downtown Jacksonville Library in a month-long exhibit. In October 2015, I won an employee competition at the Florida Times-Union and had my work displayed in the Times-Union holiday gift card series. In February 2016, I was awarded second place in The Resident newspaper’s “Why I Love My Neighborhood” photographic competition which resulted in a second successful exhibit at Cool Moose Café in Riverside. July to September 2016 marked the first of several rotating and permanent exhibits in which I was prominently featured in the Jacksonville International Airport. Having the opportunity to display my work on walls is always a humongous honor.
On September 11, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville and devastated many areas of the city - including Memorial Park. I trekked out into the waters that day, sometimes waist-deep to capture the hurricane's torrent. In a fateful moment, I shot what many consider to be the most iconic photo of Northeast Florida during Hurricane Irma, now known as "Life In The River". By donating a portion of the sales proceeds from this stunning photograph back to the Memorial Park Association, I have been blessed in helping to rebuild my city's beloved World War I tribute. My work in this regard was part of the reason I was recognized in by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville in 2020 for their annual "Art of Giving" Art Award, seen pictured here.
Voted "Best Photographer" in the 2018 Bold City Best competition, I have been a full time photographer ever since, daily living my dream. It has been scary at times to support my family based on my photography, but it has been a huge blessing in our lives and one I have never regretted. In 2019, I became a member of the Professional Photographers of America Association, founded in 1868. in 2020 I also became an official Brand Ambassador for Guy Harvey Outposts. If you see me at a local art market, especially during the holidays, make sure to stop by and say hi, or you can always email me for my current schedule of events.