As an outdoor lifestyle photographer, I’m in a constant battle between photographing and experiencing specific moments. With my camera in hand, I have the opportunity to capture something special… but as I set my camera down, there’s an overwhelming sense of freedom. I got into adventure photography in order to merge two things that I am passionate about, looking to create a career that I could pour my all into.

It’s taken a couple of years, but I believe I have finally found the balance between work and play.I’ve put together a visual diary of a recent trip we took down to the Texas Coast, my first time offshore fishing in a kayak! We loaded the Hobie Outbacks, filled up the IceMule, and strapped down the camera inside of the Pelican Case. Palms were sweaty and my heart was beating fast as we launched from Mustang Island State Park.

Checking swell reports and locking down a plan of attack


Waiting on the sun to rise


Outfitted for adventure


Mike Morales of Fin Factory Charters LLC. loading up his Hobie Outback


ACK Fleet Manager Carlos Andreu landing a Spanish Mackerel on the fly


Mike wrestling with the first Jack Crevalle of the day


Exploring the oil rigs just a few miles from shore


Still not sure how he manages to not get tangled up


I even got my hands on a fish!

We also managed to get some footage of the trip as well. Check out our video recap: