Simply put photography is the center of my life. My passion for photography was sparked at the age of 9 when I began borrowing an old camera of my Dad’s then got own as a present. It was a Kodak 110 by hey, I was 9, can't blame my parents. But that was it, I was done, there really was nothing else for me. The summer between 8th and 9th grade I did every odd job I could find, mowed lawns and worked as an attendant on a tour boat, 5 bucks for two hours work under the table, to save up enough money to buy my first "real" 35mm camera. My Mom drove me to Underground Camera on Congress Street in Portland Maine to see what I could get. The salesman sold me a used Olympus OM-2 with a "Nifty-50" 50mm f/1.8 lens because it was all I could afford. But it was a real camera and it was mine. I used it to learn the basics of photography. It served me all through high school and into college.
All through my schooling and beyond I have worked to actively improved my knowledge of the medium and my photographic skills. After high school I moved to California where earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Art photography from California State University Long Beach, the largest campus in the California State University system. This program focused on the craft and art of photography instructed by a protégé of Ansel Adams.
When I bought my first digital equipment in 2004 and full frame digital in 2006 I promised myself I would keep shooting film but didn't shoot a roll for years after. Late in 2017 I dusted off the film cameras and started shooting film again along side digital.
Now I'm a professional photographer, artist and Tokina Global Ambassador with experience in the fields of product photography, architecture, modeling and fashion, events, urban landscape, head-shots and fine art.