The subject and lighting. The overall composition. After minutes, maybe hours, of waiting, it happens. The shutter opens and closes, capturing a moment in time worth sharing and reliving.

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing people, places, and things since I was a teenager. Photography has taken me near and far and provided unique perspectives and countless lessons in patience.

While on safari in South Africa, we waited close to an hour to witness one of nature’s great predators on high alert. This alpha male hid deep in the bush, surveying the territory before the rest of the pride emerged. Though we kept our distance, he made it clear that he was aware of our presence. His roars rippled through the dense woods sending nearby animals running.