The game of life imposes obstacles designed for each individual to conquer. When my wife was six months pregnant with our first son, others told us the blissful days of travel would end. We were determined to not face the fate of stagnant family exploration. Eight years later with two boys, our travels are just getting started. To date our family has experienced 36 plane rides, 16 national parks, 4 countries, and over hundreds of wildlife sightings. Photography has always been the way to preserve our family's adventures. We have kept our memories confined within our home, but now we are ready to share with the world.
Only in the last four years did I begin to sell my work at markets around the greater Seattle area. It has been a joy and a unique opportunity to meet so many different people. They walk into my booth, smile at the photos, and reminisce of their travels. After I get to know their fascinating lives they get to know me. Below are some of the most common frequently asked questions.
Are you the photographer?
This is your job?
Do you wait all day to get the shot?
Were you really that close?
Yes, as "safely" close as possible without disrupting the wildlife's natural habitat. Once in a while an animal will cross dangerously near my path and the camera becomes an afterthought. It would not be an adventure without a little adrenaline. My goal is to survive so I can share the encounters with others.
Are these only in the northwest?
I love the Pacific Northwest and shoot here often since it's my backyard. But my family loves to travel. No matter how poor we get, eating 10¢ Top Ramen for meals, we will always keep our National Park Pass current. We believe in the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative. Our boys have a goal to visit all 59 National Parks before Tre's 18th birthday. 16 down, 43 more to go!
How do you plan the next trip?
I have a huge bucket list. My wife creates Google flight alerts of all destinations. When the kids get a break from school, we book the cheapest trip. Google essentially helps us choose our own kid adventure! Some top locations include Australia, polar bears at Churchill, and swimming with the narwhals at Baffin Island.
Are your kids always with you?
Please join my family as we travel the world focusing on kid friendly activities. We'll share favorite locations that make us smile and hot spots to find wildlife. Our goal is to leave a trail that inspires new memories for your family to create. If you have new locations to share with us please comment below, we love growing our bucket list.