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Family: A proud third generation Brunswick resident, married to the love of my life and Brunswick native, Nancy; my son, Noah; and cat, George.

Years in the Golden Isles: Most of my life. This go ‘round – since 1999.

School: Glynn Academy, Brunswick Junior College, University of Georgia

Occupation: Staff photographer for The Brunswick News, Coastal Illustrated and Golden Isles Magazine.

What is your favorite part of being local? Easy question. I made up my mind a long time ago that community journalism is an important job, and what I want to commit myself to. I am blessed to have the job of documenting our community through photos, and in a sense, documenting its history – the good and the bad, and everything in between. Throughout all these years, it makes me proud to be a part of a community that cares for one another through thick and thin, and hopefully serves an example to other cities as to how it should be done.

What is your favorite landmark? Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. However, it has become a little too crowded for me the last couple years.

A local you admire: My minister at Brunswick First United Methodist Church, Pastor Wright Culpepper. Wright’s love and compassion for everyone, no matter their walk in life, personifies a true Christian, and something we could all use a little more of these days.

Tell us about a couple of your favorite big assignments over the years at The Brunswick News: Living in the Golden Isles and having worked so many years at The Brunswick News, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot so many great events. I’ve photographed four presidents, a G-8 Summit, the Georgia-Florida game of Georgia’s National Championship year, blah, blah … my favorite assignments have always been those involving happy moments in our community. A chance meeting of a little girl meeting her hero, Clifford, The Big Red Dog, at a reading event at the Brunswick Library, or the little boy running onto the tarmac at the Brunswick airport to greet his National Guard father who just returned from a tour of duty. Those moments are the best!

How did you discover your passion for photography: I took a class in photography at Glynn County Junior High because the woodworking shop class my buddies were in was full. I fell in love with the medium, and never looked back!

What is your favorite thing to photograph: Naturally, for this issue, I should answer the local nature, but even after all these years, I absolutely love photographing the highlights and achievements of our community.

Describe your perfect Saturday: Whew! Between News assignments, helping my photographer wife with side work, and catching up on household chores, there’s little weekend time these days. When I do ditch it all, a carefree kayak paddle with my buddy Burt Bray to go search for sharks’ teeth can’t be beat. Working on our little 1965 Airstream camper, prepping for a camping trip to the mountains – as much as I love the Golden Isles, the mountains do call …