Retired US Navy Combat Photographer. Widower. Now a full-time nomadic, RV based, travel and wildlife photographer and writer. Vice President of the National Association of Naval Photography.
My photographic journey began in the late 1970s when I started making photos for my high school yearbook and the local newspaper. I fell in love with capturing life on film and took my camera everywhere. Wanting to continue my photographic education after high school, I joined the US Navy in order to attend the US Naval Schools of Photography.
Over the course of a 20-year career as a Navy Photographer, I spent 10 years aboard two aircraft carriers and a destroyer tender, traveling around the world five times documenting life at sea in peacetime and during times of conflict. I also did tours with Combat Camera, with Public Affairs, and as an instructor at the very school I joined the Navy to attend, where I taught color photography, illustrative studio photography, photojournalism, and portraiture. In 2000, I completed my Navy career, having obtained the rank of Chief Photographer.
After the Navy, I gravitated towards a life making travel and wildlife photos and videos. In a short time, my work started appearing in magazines, books, and video projects. In 2018, I sold my home, bought an RV, and hit the road in search of my next photographic adventures.
Professional photographer, videographer, cinematographer, writer, and blogger. Am an aerial photographer and videographer using a drone. Also a professional scuba diver at the Divemaster level and do underwater photography and videography.
Dog - 13 year old lab/spaniel mix named JoJo.
Candy Cane Corral - New Boston, TX
The East Estate - Cullman, AL
Grew up in Connersville, Indiana. Have lived all over the United States in the last 40 years, 20 of which were in the US Navy. Spent the past 18 years in Rockford, Illinois, but have moved from there for a life as a full-time RVer. Currently, there is no place I call my home town.
Rig: 2018 Jayco Eagle HT 27.5RKDS Tow Vehicle: 2006 Dodge 3500 Diesel DRW (blue)
We enjoyed our visit from this guest and his friend Jojo. And we love the aerial view of our property that he sent us. Thank you! Welcome here any time.
It was a pleasure meeting Wes and Gloria. We enjoyed our times visiting with them while they were here. Would welcome them back anytime.
We were happy to welcome Wes back after a tumultuous day he experienced in OK. His dog felt like he had come home again and is now on the mend and getting back to normal. We enjoyed getting better acquainted with this Boondockers Welcome guest and wish him good photo hunting grounds as he travels.
We enjoyed meeting this Boondockers Welcome guest and getting acquainted with him. He was meeting a friend here and we enjoyed getting acquainted with her also. Even their two dogs got along well and enjoyed the freedom of chasing squirrels and rabbits. We wish them the best and Godspeed on their journey.