Gug has been working professionally at his craft since age 15, and is now widely regarded as America's top underwater photographer. This title is solidified by a list of international awards, publications, and exhibits that would take pages to list. Entirely self-taught through years of experimentation while scuba diving and snorkeling, his work is a combination of technical mastery and a unique understanding of marine wildlife behavior patterns and psychology. With thousands upon thousands of hours spent interacting with marine life, he is able to put himself in photographic opportunities that others find too uncomfortable, too challenging, or simply too dangerous. By doing so, he captures real-life intimate portraits of the ocean's inhabitants, and magnificent seascapes that had previously only been depicted in fiction and the imagination. The driving force behind his life has always been to push the envelope technically and capture light in a way never before seen. Every time he does it, he raises his own bar, and sets upon the same quest again with a newly imagined twist. The resulting images are unlike any other - full of life, color, and energy. Gug's images bring an elegant natural element to decors worldwide.