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I was born in 1959 near San Francisco and raised in Gilroy, California, the second of three children. That's right, that Gilroy -  the Garlic Capital of the World.  It was a great place to grow up with great memories and friends.  I played all the sports available:  tennis, baseball, football, golf, soap box derby racing, etc.  My family camped in Yosemite many summers, and at Lake Tahoe during others.  We owned a cabin in the redwood forest at Felton, near Santa Cruz, and spent countless hours playing along the coast.  I graduated from Gilroy High in 1978 and went on the next year to play tennis at Gavilan College.  I served a 2-year church mission in Montana, then transferred and graduated with a degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. 

With no thoughts of a career in photography, a friend and I made a trip to Yellowstone National Park in September 1985.  That trip led to my first published article and photos and an awakening in me of all the feelings I had felt about nature in my youth and teenage years, as well as my two years in Montana. In November 1985 I had that first travel photography article published with four wildlife photos I had taken included with the article.  I was hooked.  From that point on, while my life has detoured in different directions, my overall goal has remained the same.   A life in the mountains and deserts and coasts of the western United States photographing and writing about all I could see and discover.  Those outdoor skills have served me well whether it be in corporate photography work, portrait work, or teaching workshops and doing nature shows.  My strengths as a portrait photographer come from understanding light, composition, and balance - skills I learned as a nature photographer.

My wife and our children have all spent countless, adventurous hours with me chasing the ultimate wildlife images in Yellowstone and throughout the west.  Whether wading in tidal pools near Carmel - photographing bugling bull elk in Yellowstone National Park - or battling the swarms of mosquitoes at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - they love to go and have kept that same adventurous spirit alive in their own personal lives.  If my photography has influenced their lives for the better then my career has been a success.  College, jobs, and marriage have sent them on their different paths - but the memories remain - the experiences last a lifetime.   I am a lucky man.   BRP

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