Russell grew roots within the central California surf culture and decided he'd never leave, and would pick up a camera while he was at it. Being the son/grandson of architects, Russell was raised around the appreciation for visual aesthetic and design. He attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, acquiring a scholastic approach to the world of marketing and advertising, and took a full-time position with adventure photographer, Chris Burkard, the day after graduation. Over a span of almost three years, Russell worked beside Burkard shooting campaigns for clients such as Apple, AirBnB, The North Face, Coors Light, and FitBit. He is currently freelance.
Russell currently resides in San Luis Obispo, CA but can be found photographing projects worldwide.