I started experimenting with photography in my early teens by borrowing my father's little HP Photosmart C935 point-and-shoot. I also borrowed my brother's Canon PowerShot S3 IS. I quickly tired of borrowing and I purchased my own. Another point-and-shoot, a Vivitar, that was a little bit bigger than the HP. I don't remember exactly which one and I'm not sure if I even still have any photos shot on it. Nevertheless, photography seemed fun. I was beginning to experiment and starting to learn some technique. But I still didn't know for sure if it was something I really wanted to dive into. I decided I needed to know and that in order to really know, I would have to try an SLR. I was recommended the Canon EOS Rebel XTi and chose it. It was with this camera that I really got started and found out how much I enjoyed the art. Many of the pictures in my gallery were taken with the Rebel. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before circumstances forced me to sell it. I was out of photography for awhile. I wondered if I would get back into it. Then I got engaged to my beautiful wife and couldn't imagine justifying the large purchase. It seemed such a luxury that we couldn't afford. Then, a wonderful thing happened, my wife, who had worked out of town to earn some extra money for our wedding and new start, gave me a wedding present. A camera! She'd set some of her hard-earned money aside for me to pick one out. I chose Nikon this time, the D5000. The package was the best value for our budget and it has served well since 2010. My wife Lindsey provides excellent support and critique and my daughter Juliet provides the occasional companion on little photographic expeditions about town.
For better or worse, I didn't take any photography classes in school and haven't had any formal training on the subject. I've just taught myself through hours of practice, self-study, listening, watching, and reading.
ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY
Capturing moments, memories, and emotions. And then sharing them. Photos want to be shared. That's what I like about photography and it's what I do.
Photography cannot be copied.
Each photo is a unique view of what the world was for a brief moment in time. Each photographer has a unique view of the world. Two photographers can take the exact same actions - view the scene, point the lens, and click the shutter - yet capture completely different images. Each photo in some ways is the manifestation of a life lived. Each photographers photos are in some ways a unique representation of themselves. How they see the world. What catches their eye. What's important to them.
Photography is not simply taking photos.
Photography takes time, takes patience, takes a quick finger, and hours of critique, reflection, and shooting. You must open your eyes. Look beyond, look through. View scenes from a different perspective without moving. See an image where someone else might see nothing. But don't see all hope lost when that image never appears. As you can see, photography to me is not easily defined. It's best explained by grabbing the camera, getting outside, and hopefully finding that one sight that was out there waiting for you to see and capture so that you can look back on it, enjoy it, learn from it, appreciate, and share with someone else.
I don't force pictures. I rarely set up pictures. I take what the world gives me. And I do my best to give it to you. Enjoy!
Welcome to my online photo and video gallery! I launched this gallery in February of 2012 with the simple goal of sharing with you my pictures and love of photography.
Feel free to browse around, rate some pictures, leave a comment or two, and share your favorites with your friends. Contact me if you are interesting in purchasing a photo or booking a shoot.
QUICK GALLERY LINKS
Portfolio: Specific collections of photos around a central theme. For example, I've put some of my favorite shots into the Top Shots album.
Rolls: Collections of photos from a specific shoot. For example, pictures from a trip to Italy.
PHOTOS OVER THE YEARS