Being a photographer, student, father, husband, youth group leader, employee, and son defiantly comes with its struggle for balance. I am learning,the hard way I might add, how short life can really be. My job as a photographer is to capture roughly 1/200th of a second of life. All the photographs you take in your life won’t add up to a minute of existence and yet we [photographers] spend their whole lives cataloging these moments. So why do we do it? Often photographers will say it is their passion, but for me it is much more than that. It is a combination of artistic instinct, having had a camera in my hand from age 6 on, and the simple love for photographs. I must admit that I am a bit of tech-geek, and love all of the equipment that goes a long with it. I use to spend hours after school in the photo lab in high school, developing my final projects for Film. Later, I learned how to use Photoshop 7 and it became second nature to me. I found it amazing how you could manipulate reality and create a photograph that looks like how envisioned it. The world I see through the lens of my camera is always changing. I am always looking for ways to improve my art and convey a certain message in my photographs.