I will never forget the impact of looking at a Communication Arts Photo Annual when I went into a B. Dalton bookstore over 20 years ago. The images that filled the pages were superb. The effect that the photos had on me was life changing. I said to myself, if I could to make photos this good, well then I would have accomplished something.

Fast-forward 20 years and Communication Arts has been instrumental in the success of my business. It’s very very important for all photographers to have a venue to show their work and in a place that is viewed by their peers. So much of our business is about validation and even though award shows should not be a validation…they are. Our industry is insecure and these highly visible publications help to alleviate those insecurities.

The madness I posses in me always needs to find new and interesting subjects to capture. Personal work is, and continues to be, the motivational ingredient to my ability to stay inspired and curious, without which, life would be very boring. It’s imperative for all photographers to create work that is outside the confines of the projects they are hired to do. All of the great creatives I have known over the years have always gravitated to my personal projects. Creatives want and need to see what gets you out of the door shooting.

This year a jury of my peers selected some of my work from Camel Lake, the Oil fields of Bakersfield, CA and a portrait of the great Jim Harrison, the result of my craziness to always be curious, to be featured amongst the many other wonderful images by photographers I truly admire in the Communication Arts Photo Annual. This was a truly humbling experience that transported me back 20 years to that first encounter with CA.

Thank you all for validating my madness…


Check out the latest issue of The Picture Professional with a cover and feature about Andy’s work shooting the oil workers at the Kern Oil Fields near Bakersfield, CA and the aftermath of the Elk Creek Complex Fire here in Idaho that devastated the area around where we live. A special thanks to Ophelia Chong at The Picture Professional for her work bringing this issue to life.


Earlier this year I took a trip to document the workers of the Kern Oil Fields in Bakersfield, CA. From those images I worked with Art Director Kellyn McGarity to create an amazing promotional booklet that will be coming to a creative department near you. Kellyn knocked this one out of the park and I love the final result. Check out the final design below.


We often go about our lives completely oblivious of the efforts folks endure everyday to bring products or services to market. I must admit, I’m one of those people, so recently I spent 3 days in California photographing oil workers in Kern Oilfield outside of Bakersfield. This oil reserve has over 475 million barrels left to extract, the densest oil field in California.

The work is tough, unrelenting and honest…not much else to say other than pictures don’t lie…enjoy.