Began photographic career in 1976 as a staff photographer for Surfing Magazine. Worked under Larry Moore’s guidance as Senior Staff Photographer for over 25 years. Launched the Aaron Chang brand in 1995 producing photo-sublimated apparel. Married with 2 young boys currently living in San Diego, California. “Most of my success in photography, and life in general, I attribute to the teaching and mentorship I received from Larry. Serving on the FTLF board is my chance to express my gratitude to Flame.”
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Larry and I were married 31 years. We had one son, Colin. Those 2 1/2 years when Larry was ill, he made sure he connected with as many people that touched his life that he could. He called them, gave away things, ie: cameras, lenses, boat stuff, love. He did not want to miss an opportunity. Two weeks before he died, he told me that he wished he had left something for the up and coming photographers, knowing how difficult and expensive it is to make it in the field. When he died in my arms that morning of October 10th, I knew I needed to make that happen for him. Thus was born this foundation.
I am a 1st grade teacher and Reading specialist. Larry was my big brother. He was the bar I have measured my entire life against. He was my best friend and we were incredibly blessed to share a bond that few human beings ever know. Before he left he implored us to “Carry the torch” in his absence. Candy and I vowed to do whatever it would take to make sure that the work he started continued. Follow the Light Foundation is the realization of that promise. Larry was that light to so many. I am committed to keeping his dream alive.
My wife, Alexis and I live in Cardiff, California. I have been involved in surf media for the last 11 years, most recently as the President of Media for start-up media company, Airborne Media LLC. Prior to that, I was the Publisher of Surfing magazine where he worked closely with Larry Moore during his last days. I joined the magazine after working with leading apparel company, Patagonia, where I helped with strategy on their surf inspired apparel initiative. Prior to that, I was Executive Editor at Surfer Magazine, a post I held for three years.
I work at Surfing Magazine as the Associate Photo Editor Grew up in Santa Cruz, went to Brooks Institute of Photography and love to bodysurf. I knew Larry from the time I started submitting images to Surfing Magazine. He was always an encouragement in my photography, but more importantly in my faith. Larry had a faith that just jumped out and grabbed my attention as he went through the pain of medical treatments. He knew that we have a God watching over us and as Larry said “we have the greatest healer of all on our side.” Larry was a great friend and inspiration to me.
Born and raised in Laguna Beach. I started working for SWELL and Laguna Surf & Sport in 2000 back when Larry was editing photos on that big round light table. I attended Cal Poly SLO concentrating in Action Sports Marketing, and teaching surf camp for Moondoggies Surf Shop in Pismo. Now in my 8th Year at SWELL, my involvement with the Follow the Light Foundation is the most rewarding part of my job.
Hurley is the leading global youth brand with strong roots in surf, skate, art and music. Hurley develops world-class products for guys, girls and kids, including sportswear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, girl’s swimwear and wetsuits. A wholly-owned, independently run subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Hurley is located in Costa Mesa, CA, with international offices in Tokyo, Sydney and Barcelona.
Photo Editor, Surfing Magazine
I started out as a photo intern for Surfing Magazine in 1998 under Flame. From there, I worked at Transworld Surf as their Photo Editor for six years before coming back to Surfing Magazine and taking on Flame’s role as Photo Editor. I’m feel grateful to be working in Flame’s Photo Bunker. I currently live in Luecadia and enjoy surfing as much as shooting. Being a part of the Follow The Light Foundation is a great chance to show up and coming photographers the stoke and the passion that Flame was able to put in to so many people’s lives.
Partner, R&D Design & Marketing
My husband & creative director/partner Rick grew up surfing Salt Creek and knew “Flame” from all his years spent there as a young surfer. He grew into an adult working in the surf industry and knows the value of working with great photography. For decades Flame’s images were the benchmark for surf photography which all others were measured. Today, we remember Flame for not only the images he created but for how he lived his life, following his passion and never settling for second best..
Senior Staff Photographer, Oakley
Though Russ has spent over the past ten years traveling the world as the Senior Staff Photographer for Oakley Inc., his career behind the lens truly began when he moved from Alabama to the Southern California surf Mecca, San Clemente, at age eleven. He quickly developed a passion for surfing and, as ambitious groms will do, aspired to one-day make a career out of it. Well, surfing turned out to be a bit harder than Russ had anticipated- “ I sucked at surfing,” he recalls. Though he got pounded at the San Clemente Pier more often than not, his passion for surfing remained at high tide. One day, while flipping through a dog-eared copy of Surfing Magazine, it hit him; there was another path he could take to get paid to travel the world and surf the best waves: Become a surf photographer!