I grew up in eastern North Carolina, and currently I live, work, surf and shoot my photos primarily on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After working as a software engineer for a couple of years following college, I left a great job and went to law school so that I could live on the coast and surf. Between surf sessions, I try to shoot my friends, local pro surfers, waves and whatever awesome landscape or seascape the Outer Banks presents that day. I’ve always had an interest in photography, particularly surf photography, but in early 2012 I finally got a DSLR and started learning how to use it. I have a long way to go, but with the help of a bunch of stellar local photographers, I’ve started off in what I hope is the right direction. Surfing has long been a passion of mine, but shooting photos is following it closely these days.

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Photography for me is about fun and making as much profit as the market provides, which unfortunately is not a lot. In my real life, I practice law with the law firm of Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP (www.hrem.com) in the firm’s Nags Head office. Hornthal, Riley is a full service law firm providing legal services to Northeastern North Carolina and beyond with offices in Elizabeth City, Nags Head and Columbia. Contact Hornthal, Riley if you need legal representation for traffic tickets, DUI/DWI, criminal matters, Park Service violations, real estate, estate planning, business development, commercial & complex litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy, employment matters, land use & zoning, eminent domain or anything else.