Rock Canyon



Four years ago, while studying fine arts at Brigham Young University, a good friend bought me a camera.  I loved the arts, but I always struggle with the idea of being locked-up in a studio, alone and isolated.  I am a deeply social person, and painting, drawing, and illustration were so solitary.  I spent a couple semesters soul searching and major changing when this good friend came out west to visit my wife and me.  After a week long visit, and many late night conversation about frustrations, fears, and dreams: he went out and bought me a Canon Rebel T3i, the catalase behind my passion for photography.  I went on to study photography and videography at BYU, and while digital photography introduced me to the medium, I fell in love with film very quickly.


There is something terribly romanic about film photography. Film photography is more than an image, more than a picture.  When you take a photograph on film; light enters the camera threw the lens, which reacts with tiny silver particles on the film. The combination of light and silver creates a film negative that can be developed and then scanned to create a digital image.  All of that just means, light from the very moment you take the picture is captured on that film and changed into something more.  More precious than the pieces of light and silver alone.  A child’s smile, the moment she says, “yes” or he says “I do”.  All of the moments in life that change us forever. Film changes with us.

My style as a photographer tends to reflect that same sense of “the moment.” I’m not big into overly formal or staged images. A great teacher once told me that life isn’t about looking for the extraordinary.  It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. In my experience, the moments that mean the most are always the forgotten and unplanned seconds in between.  I approach photography is the same way.

My greatest inspiration is my family. I’m truly the luckiest man alive.  I found my soulmate, or she found me, I’ve heard it both ways.  Almost love at first sight, our love was refined in the furnace of time, and shaped on the anvil of adversity.  Although I’m a fiercely independent person, she is my other half.  Still, I did not know the meaning of love until the first moment I saw my son’s face.  He is my great motivator.  For him I wake up in the morning. For him I work against my nature and try to be my best self.  Through the lens of my family, I see the world. With them, I have known pain and despair, and in the same moment known joy, happiness, and contentment. Knowing these things for myself, I recognize them in the world around me, and seeing that life in others, I can capture it on film.


My family loves the outdoors, but between work, family, and other obligations, sometimes we find it hard to get out into the world and enjoy it. I don't think our situation is terribly unique. So, we started Rock Canyon: a lifestyle platform exploring outlets of recreation and building an interactive community. 

We want to use recreation as a way to be constantly re-creating, becoming the best versions of ourselves as individuals, as a family, and in our community. We want to support your efforts to do the same.  

We've created a podcast and other resources to help you get started and/or keep recreation as a focus in your life, and document my family's process giving it our best, too.


Rock Canyon's vision has two parts. The first is to create a massive body of recreation centered content, available to membership. The key here is you. The more patrons we have, the more content we can create. but we know that getting in on the action early, has some risks, so we've built in incentives. 

The second part of Rock Canyon's mission is to create a space and explore tools that help us go out and do. First and foremost is the community section of this page. A way to share, support, and inspire each other. Help each other find the tools we need to succeed. Also we plan to promote , develop, and release products that support the mission of Rock Canyon. Recreation and travel journals, sweet merchandize, and other recreation aids. 


We believe in what we're creating, but we also believe in the people we are creating it with (that's you silly). You're a part of this fledgling movement. A tide that will rise and help fill the cracks of our lives and recreate our families, communities, and selves. ReCreation forged of Recreation. 



Cell/text: (765) 546-8663