140th Kentucky Derby 2014, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.

I used to say that I discovered my love and talent for photography “by accident” but the wiser lens of hindsight has allowed me to see that it’s been a truly organic process that commenced long before I ever picked up a camera. After graduating in 1994 from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in advertising, I was introduced to wilderness backpacking and began an extensive journey of self discovery traveling the American West. Along the way, I found the writings of conservationist Edward Abbey and most importantly the surreal confluence of perfect light that illuminates these grandiose, natural landscapes. I was only 21 years old and it was as if the puzzle pieces to my soul were all finally put together. In 1997, my Mom loaned me a nice Nikon “point and shoot” before a two month solo trip of the American Southwest where I found out that I had a natural talent for photography and composition. When I developed the film I was stunned that I saw the world this way but realize now that it was a true process of osmosis. I had learned to see true beauty and perfect light before I ever considered trying to capture it. Once it all clicked, I began teaching myself about cameras and photography techniques from books by some of the landscape masters of our time. Having no formal training, I learned from the writings and images of Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, David Muench, Art Wolfe, and Charles Campbell.

Shooting in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.

My initial pursuit of travel photography evolved into a career that goes far beyond the natural landscape focusing on people, travel, food, architecture and aerial photography with a special emphasis on Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry and historic Bourbon distilleries. For the past two years, my assignment work has been awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for Best Photo Package in Louisville while I also sell my original artwork at regional art shows and retail stores.

TLT Photography offers a wide range of photographic services for hire as well as corporate design services, home design services and custom framing. I always go the extra mile for my clients so please contact or email me with any inquiries, photo requests or to schedule a free estimate at your home or office.