RESIDENCE: Palm Springs
BACKGROUND: I began as a photographer in high school back in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I was the Art Honor Society’s official photographer. Upon graduating, I enlisted in the United States Army to learn combat photography. After my time in the military, I converted my knowledge to apply to a private photo business and have been happily shooting ever since!
CURRENT PROJECTS: I work often taking photographs for publications, as well as many local businesses with a specialty in food photography. And on weekends, I craft tiki drinks at Bootlegger Tiki.
LIFE PHILOSOPHY: Find something that you love to do, and be the best at it.
PERSONAL STYLE: An eclectic mix. I grew up in Pennsylvania, always traveling to New York to be part of the hardcore (punk rock) scene, [catching] matinees at CBGB and punk rock shows every weekend. I suppose you could say that I’m a happy leftover of that era.
His Favorite Things
photo by karen r. graninger
Mojave Resort in Palm Desert.
The Mojave Resort in Palm Desert. My wife and I came out here seven years ago. We stayed at this midcentury gem. That night we decided to move to Palm Springs and we have never looked back. www.resortmojave.com
photo by marmol radziner
The Kaufman House.
The Kaufmann House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946. It was built for Edgar Kaufmann, a Pennsylvania department store tycoon who moved here to escape the Pennsylvania winters. Which is exactly what I did seven years ago!
photo by neil husvar
Wood-fired pizza at Workshop Kitchen + Bar.
My favorite restaurant is Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Their dishes change constantly, emphasizing what is fresh, local, and in season. I like them all, but the wood-fired pizza gets me every time. www.workshoppalmsprings.com
photo by neil husvar
Joshua Tree National State Park.
Easily Joshua Tree National State Park. The pure beauty of this desert wonder is beyond words. www.nps.gov/jotr
I really enjoy the Filsinger Gallery on El Paseo. The fossil collection is mind- blowing. www.filsingergallery.com
photo by arianna menon
Bhakti Fest at Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Bhakti Fest at Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The most relaxing vibes you’ll encounter. www.west.bhaktifest.com
photo by jaime kowal
The Ernest Gantt 1934 Zombie.
Bootlegger Tiki. My favorite drink is the classic Ernest Gantt Original 1934 Zombie. www.bootleggertiki.com
I like Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. Good local bands and great beers. www.schmidystavern.com
We love to hike in the beautiful Andreas Canyons. www.indian- canyons.com/andreas.html
photo courtesy of R & R Menswear
R & R Menswear. I’m a big fan of their selection of Penguin and Ben Sherman. 760-320-3007
FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE DESERT
Having grown up on the East Coast, I’d have to say the weather (and) the lack of snow!