Biography

profile photoI’m an internationally published travel & lifestyle photographer, based in Lake Tahoe, with a giant place in my heart for sailing and backpacking. I was immersed within nature from an early age, developing a special appreciation for the beauty and mystery the world provides. Today, the same love proves as my inspiration as I travel globally capturing life in many exotic and breathtaking locations.

After spending ten years in the U.S. Air Force flying fighter jets and providing air support missions in Afghanistan, I left in 2012 to pursue the dream and challenge of sailing from North Carolina, around South America, and back up to California on a 27-foot sailboat. Although the journey was interrupted, the story was featured in All at Sea Magazine and in my own book, Sailing Saoirse: Misadventures and Photography from the Maiden Voyage, published in November 2014.  I’ve since returned to this adventure on a part-time basis with a final destination that changes by the day.

I’m a firm believer in the “nature principle”, knowing nature has a direct correlation to physical and mental health.  This reflects in both myself and my lifestyle. In my photography, I strive to show this relationship and urge my audience to step away from the technology of today to explore and understand nature’s magnificence. From my own experiences, I know that unplugging and stepping into the world is not only exhilarating, but also a true blessing everyone has a right to experience.

Aside from having both photography and writing published in many magazines, I also run an extended stock photo library and am ready & packed for freelance work anywhere in the world.  I’m also a commercial helicopter pilot, Advanced Open Water PADI Diver, and Nevada Wilderness Search-and-Rescue Technician, volunteering for SAR in my spare time.

Contact me via email to let me know where you want me to go next!

Seen in:

London Daily Telegraph
Nevada Magazine
All At Sea Magazine
Air Force Times
Air Force Magazine
Camera in the Wild Magazine

  • Richard Sun

    Great! this is what I am looking for

  • Kathy Richmond Bandaruk

    So excited to follow you on your journey. I’m very inspired and want to find my own way to get back to nature as a “job”. Best of luck to you!

    • Thanks Kathy, glad to have you here. You can find a way, there’s plenty of opportunity out there!

  • John great blog… love how you are making your dreams come true! Would love to see if you come up with any Mobile app idea for sailing. I run a web and mobile add dev firm and I am looking to partner up to release something that brings value.

    • Thanks Nick…yes, I had actually been trying to brainstorm something over the past few months but haven’t been able to come up with anything unique. I’m still thinking though!

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