After 40+ years on this Earth, all roads have led here. Life is about discovery and learning for me. Photography is a culmination of all of my previous experiences. From construction, to music, to fine art, to graphic design, to hospitality, I am simply fascinated with our existence. The capture of an image, a story through light, affords us the freedom to understand it all - one frame at a time.
Having lived in Baltimore, D.C., Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, I moved back to my roots for family, old friends, and four distinctive season.
My love of photography started in my teens, using pinhole cameras, a Nikon FG 35mm, and developing my own film. Times have changed and the progression toward digital was undeniable. Today we have incredible technology that allows us to express images in ways never imagined.
Color and contrast are where I begin - with intensity. Utilizing the camera to create a dynamic image and then software to express a feeling. My work's intention is to challenge the boundaries of that intensity, awakening our deepest sense of feeling. While some feel that post-processing is a work around for real art, the true magic starts in the camera - something I learned shooting on film. The computer then becomes the dark room. It all begins with a great image in camera. While an important part of the process, post processing can only take one's work so far. Like life, like the dark room, it's a balance.
University of Miami- music performance
University of Maryland- music performance/fine art
UMBC- fine art/photography
Great images begin with a photographer's thorough understanding of light and composition. Great instruments only expand the potential.
Here's a taste of what I use:
Canon full frame camera bodies
Canon 16-35mm f4L, 24-70mm f4L, 70-200mm 2.8L II, 50mm 1.2L prime, and Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4 manual focus prime
Breakthrough x4 and B+W filters
Phottix Odin wireless triggers
Sekonic light metering
PHOTO CREDIT TO THE LEFT: JULIE SMITH of SIDDALEE PHOTOGRAPHY... Don't ever forget the ones who inspire you the most. It is NOT about competition, it IS however about cooperation. If you want to be inspired, then you should only aim to inspire others...the rest will follow. Love you Julie and thanks for the incredible image! (Canon 5dMK IV, Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4 manual focus, Paul C Buff Alien Bees lighting EXIF: 85 mm ISO 100 f1.4 1/200)