About Me

Thank you for visiting this page and for giving me some time to tell you what I like most about being a photographer.

I love the beauty of photography. Whether it's something I've created or the work of another photographer, it's always great to see an image that stops you in your tracks and makes you feel something powerful.

I love the technical challenges of composing a great shot and seeing the light and the subject the way a camera does. So much of this work comes down to technical proficiency. It's one thing to be able to visualize an amazing photograph, but if you don't have the tools or technical skills to capture it, then that shot is a missed opportunity. Since my very first art photography class, I've never stopped learning and challenging myself in this medium.

Most importantly, I love that photography elicits memories. When I'm taking pictures at an event, I love to use the camera as a tool to tell the story of the event. The right pictures help people to remember how the day felt, what it was like to be there and how much fun they had. Memories are such an important part of our lives and photographs are an excellent way to capture those details forever. It's really a privilege to be able to work as a photographer because you often get to work with people on some of the best days of their lives capturing images they will cherish forever! 

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Beginnings

In September of 1989, I built a pinhole camera out of an oatmeal box, tinfoil and a rubber band. I went outside and took a picture of a shoe and a hat because these things have nice texture (and I conveniently happened to be wearing them). I rushed back to the darkroom to develop the image. I'll never forget how it felt watching the image appear in a tray of Dektol developer. This was my very first artistic photograph and I've been hooked on photography ever since.

In my early days as a photographer, there was a lot of mystery and anticipation involved with the process. From prying open and developing a film can to drying the negatives and making prints, you never quite knew what you were going to get until the process was finished. With modern digital photography, there is much less risk of getting a bad shot and the tools we have for composing, focusing and getting the correct exposure are so much better. But, even the best tools are useless in the wrong hands. I still rely heavily on my years of experience even when using modern equipment and I've never forgotten what I learned from that old pinhole camera. After all these years, I still feel the magic in the process.


Photo Details
Camera: homemade Quaker Oats box camera
Lens: None
Aperature: approx F/280
Exposure: approx 9 seconds
ISO: approx 3

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