First Light Blog

  • I Quit Photography For Three Months

    I haven't picked up a camera in three months. And while I could make something up about how I've been so busy during that time working on amazing plans for  this year, and that everything I did in 2021 has contributed to this amazing roadmap I have for 2022... it would be a total lie. 

  • I'm A Pilot!

    Until this point, I've been flying my drone as a recreational pilot, which is the minimum for all drone operators. But, my skills have improved, so in May I decided to take my flying a bit more seriously. I committed to getting licensed by the FAA as a remote pilot in July, which would allow me to fly commercially to take on jobs and/or sell my images and footage. Spoiler alert: I passed!
  • MDW Photo Giveaway

    A few times each year I like to do a little something to thank all my subscribers, followers and customers for supporting my work. With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, I thought I'd kick off the festivities a little early this year - and what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with a photo giveaway?!
  • Why I Celebrate Earth Day

    Earth Day gives us an opportunity to share and appreciate everything that this planet has to offer. One of the best ways I can honor its impact on me is by sharing some of my favorite locations that I've photographed over the last four years. I hope you enjoy them, and that they encourage you to get outside and explore what's around you, whatever that might look like.
  • COVID: A Year of Photography Growth

    Like most people, I've learned a lot about myself over these past 12 months, and I'm fortunate to be able to say that my photography has improved as a result of the pandemic. Here are a few reasons why.
  • New Year, New Website, Blog & Newsletter

    It's officially 2021! Like many people, I've spent the past few weeks reflecting on how wild 2020 was and thinking about what I want from the new ...