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Hi, my name is Tommy - thanks for visiting my site today. I've spent the past ten years capturing stories from around the world with my camera. I'm inspired by the ocean, working with creative people, and sharing what I've learned along the way. If you enjoyed this article and love travel / photography you should sign up for my free newsletter. If you need creative for your upcoming project, click here to learn how I can help you. If you want to learn how to share your own story in pictures / video, you can join my online photography course. If you'd like to connect with me, please say hi on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. If you're curious how / why I made the switch to being a full-time photographer, just click here.
Surf photography portfolio - the best waves from around the world

Surf Photography Gallery: Portfolio of the World’s Best Waves

Capturing the energy and magic of the world’s best surfers riding the world’s best waves has been one of the most challenging (and rewarding) aspects of my photography career thus far. With the peak moment of the action only lasting a fraction of a second, a surf photographer has to anticipate the shot before it […]

World Travel Photos: Best of Ten Years

Ten Years of World Travel: Photo Gallery

On the morning of January 31st, 2004 I caught a Northwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also on the plane were 41 other volunteers from Peace Corps batch 263, soon to be scattered across the Philippine archipelago to begin assignments ranging from marine conservation to business development. None […]

Things to Do in Bali: Get Out & Explore the Island of the Gods

Things to Do in Bali: Best Photos from the Island of the Gods

Consistently ranked one of the best islands in the world, Bali is the most magical place I’ve ever visited. Combining a centuries-old traditional Hindu culture framed by an epic backdrop of best surfing waves on the planet, there’s truly no place on earth like Bali. Add in the bonus of being home to some of […]

The Year in Photos: Top Travel & Underwater Photos from 2013

Best of 2013 Gallery: The Year in Photos

Ten years ago this month I was packing my bags for the adventure of a lifetime in the Philippines. That Peace Corps assignment in Dumaguete turned out to be just the beginnning of what has become my dream job—traveling the world as a photographer. Looking back on the photos from the past year has become […]

Sunrise Surf Session on Lembongan Island, Bali

Dawnie at Shipwrecks: Lembongan Surf Photos

I can see why a lot of surfers who come to Bali are intimidated by the breaks at nearby Nusa Lembongan. With names like Shipwrecks, Lacerations, and Racers (usually pronounced ‘Razors’), it sounds like you’re setting yourself up for a trip to the emergency room just by paddling out. Sure it’s true that these surf […]

Sunset Surf Session at Uluwatu's Outside Corner in Bali

Uluwatu Outside Corner: Bali Sunset Surf Photos

What’s the quickest way for first-time surfers to get in trouble in Bali? They’ll ask their taxi driver where the best wave in Bali is. The answer? Uluwatu. Yeah, technically the cabbie is right but Ulu is a long way from being a good spot to learn to surf. And actually, it’s really several spots: […]

Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island

Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island

I read recently that something like 90% of the tourism in Bali happens within a ten-kilometer radius of the airport. Pretty ridiculous when you think how many amazing spots on the island are well outside that small section of Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, and Jimbaran! One easily overlooked (and underrated!) day trip is to catch the […]

Top Chef Indonesia: Will Meyrick in Bali

Top Chef Indonesia: Will Meyrick of Mama San Bali

Indonesia ‘Top Chef’ judge Will Meyrick has created two of the most iconic restaurants in Asia – Sarong and Mama San in Bali. Combining the best flavors and spices of the region, Meyrick has created an array of signature dishes that have earned his restaurants top awards in international rankings. I was asked to shoot […]

Bali Food Photography: Crispy Duck in Seminyak

Bali Food Photography: Mama San Restaurant in Seminyak

Known as ‘The Street Food Chef’, Will Meyrick has made a career of exploring the exotic flavors and cooking techniques of Asia. With a passion for the spices and flavors of the region, Meyrick uses a foundation of classic dishes to create his own unique blend of cutting-edge cuisine. In this gallery from his newest […]

Surfing a Bali Blue Wave in Uluwatu

From 9-5 Office Job to Traveling Photographer: Benefits of Living Abroad

An interview with Tim Conley from the Foolish Adventure Show I love listening to interviews when I’m editing photos. Maybe it’s the whole right brain / left brain thing, but when I’m doing something totally visual then I can still concentrate on spoken word. Lately I’ve been listening to independent podcasts because there’s no restrictions […]

Surf Trip to Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia

Teahupo’o‎ Rhymes with Uluwatu: Bali Surf Photos

Ok, so that title is a bit of a joke, though one commenter on Facebook did ask if these photos were taken at Tahiti’s mindblowingly dangerous ‘place of skulls’ (the local translation of Teahupo’o). Actually these photos were taken in Bali, an ocean away from Tahiti but home to epic waves in its own right. […]

Surf Trip to Bali's Bukit Peninsula

Bali Surf Trip: When They’re Good, They’re Really Good

It’s impossible to get great surf photos if you don’t have great surfers (the waves help too of course). Whenever I’m shooting in the water I usually try to meet up with some of Bali’s best local rippers to make sure all that swimming and wave dodging is worth it. That’s never a problem when […]

Perfect Day for Shredding Bali Waves

Waves Get Destroyed, Everyone’s Happy

Can’t remember which surf brand has the ‘destroy waves, not beaches’ tagline, but on this day at Bingin they should have had some product placement on Agus from Bali’s Bukit. If it was Rip Curl who used that line then they’re already covered with this gallery.

Surfing one of Bali's Legendary 'Green Room'

Inside Bali’s Legendary Green Rooms: Surf Photo Gallery

Bali’s most famous barrel is nicknamed ‘The Green Room’ because of the magical glow the waves take on when lit from behind with the setting sun. Padang Padang may be more famous than Bingin, but that doesn’t mean that this wave just a short drive up the coast doesn’t also create some magical green room […]

Big wave surfing in Bali - Mega Semadhi

Bali’s Most Dangerous Wave?

Just like most mountains have a double black diamond ski slope, Bali is home to some waves that are too dangerous for most surfers to even paddle out. This gallery includes some highlights shooting at Bali’s infamous ‘Pipeline’ with the Bingin Crew.