If I had to choose between coming home for Christmas and duck opener, I would choose duck opener. I grew up hunting, and it has helped shape me into who I am today. When the opportunity to work with Delta Waterfowl came up, I jumped at it. Delta Waterfowl is a conservation organization focused on protecting duck nesting areas from predators, habitat conservation, and science based research. I got up at 4:00 a.m. and slogged through miles of cattails on a daily basis for three months, capturing the details of field work. Some days were boring, some days were incredible, some days were downright painful. But the repetition of life helped me to dial in the technical aspects of my photography and forced me to think outside the box creating new content.