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When I was in the 5th grade, my parents bought me my first camera. Then, I was fascinated by the the process of photography, but not yet by the results. I learned to develop and print my own black and white film. Now, 40-odd more trips around the sun later, I’m still taking pictures of the people and the world around me. In some ways it’s easier now… in many ways its harder. The world has changed… and my life has changed. I now curse the process… but I’m more fascinated than ever by the images I see… and am forever trying to capture.
The cool thing is that every picture is a journey, and every picture has a story to tell about that journey. So perhaps the blog will shine some light on some of the steps along those journeys. No promises though… I like pictures to tell their stories without words.
Like everything else I do, I approach photography with the same attitude: be the best that I can be, or don’t bother doing it at all. I decided a few years back, that I was going to have to amp up my photography skills. Part of the driver for that was watching my own kids grow. Another was that my bride Sarah’s best friend (and awesome photographer) sent us a perfectly awful maternity picture of herself. Wouldn’t it be cool if I had a great maternity shot of Sarah? I don’t.
If I was going take better pictures, I knew I was going to have to work at it. My journey has led me to study the techniques and shoot with some of the world’s best photographers. I had to learn their secrets if I wanted to produce great photos And, surprisingly, I found them willing to share their secrets — and even become friends. I continue to keep in touch with — and take workshops from — the best of the best.
My sports photography has been published in all the local papers. My portraits are hanging on walls around my home town. There are three national publications that run my photos in every issue. There are now
two three major New York modeling agencies sending their models to me for their ‘books.’ And there are flowers and rocks and deserts and sunsets all demanding my attention all over the American West.
I didn’t realize it back then, but my 5th grade photography would stay as a lifelong passion. The world keeps changing… my life keeps changing… but my passion continues as I try to capture the moments and faces that I see today. Tomorrow will be different — and when it is, I don’t want to lose my sights of today.
I’ll try to share part of my world here. Welcome to my world.
Member of ASMP, PPA, NPS, AIPS.