I'm a husband, father and photographer….
I was born at our Navajo Nation capital and raised in Northern Arizona. There aren't many malls, stores or gas stations…. however, we are surrounded by beauty.
My photography career started without a camera as I guided wonderful people through the now famous Antelope Slot Canyon.
While having an hour or two with each guest, many enjoyed the land but weren't as happy with their photographs. At that point, I studied how light, lenses and camera settings all worked together.
Quickly understanding the relationship, I got real busy. (Google "Mylo Antelope Canyon" and you'll see why…)
From helping those that were completely new to photography to the advanced, I set off to photograph the world. I visited China, Europe many times, Alaska and Central America…. however, I felt a deep void, a lack of spirit in the light from these beautiful places.
I was frustrated. I felt like my passion ran out of gas… so I went home to Navajoland.
A couple days before my birthday at the end of April, I had the most vivid dream of a sunrise over Monument Valley.
I remember waking up not long after midnight because of how surreal it was.
The following morning, I packed up my photography gear, camping equipment and set off...
The photo itself is special and won several of the most prestigious awards in Native American Fine art.
Since then, I've focused on capturing the Sweet Light of Navajoland and like the days of being a photography guide, help others learn about their cameras on my workshops to generate wonderful photographs.
I don't know if I'll ever run out of gas - Navajoland is beautiful.
Growing up off the land with my great and grandparents, I learned the language. I'm not perfect with it however I landed the role of Crush, the coolest turtle in the Navajo version of Finding Nemo.
My images have been featured by Adobe Lightroom, Nissan USA, Adidas Terrex and in magazines like Native Peoples, Arizona Highways and many other outlets.
For many years, my email signature ends with "Waiting for the Light" which has been a photographic phase. Now days, it serves another purpose because many families are still "Waiting for the Light" across Navajoland.
The result of photographing the sweet light has led to powering homes across Navajoland. Roughly 20,000 homes don't have access to electricity or running water. I've been using proceeds from my photography work to instal Goal Zero solar kits on homes and hogans.
If you'd like to see how these solar installations work, click here.
If you would like to learn more about your digital camera & photograph Navajoland, click here.
Thank you for following along - may you Walk In Beauty,