When I originally started to spend time in the beach communities of St. Petersburg, the plan was that my girlfriend, who is native to this area, would move to and join me in Southern CA. Yet one really ever knows where the river of life may take you and long story short, it turns out we are both happier here, on the island. I came slowly into this realization as I felt my body decompress with each visit to Madeira Beach. Now this is my home.
Southern CA was were I found my love for photography. I was on a hiatus from the music business when I borrowed a friend’s camera and started taking pictures. And well, like they say, the rest is history.
My training and education as a photographer came from many sources, not the least of which was that I immersed myself into the art and techniques of photography early on. I took the incentive to study and learn the techniques and the “rules” of photography. In short order I began experimenting about when and how to break or bend the rules. I went on to set up my first studio yet continuing to attend seminars, participate in workshops, participate and compete in various professional photographer groups. I have also studied composition and lighting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Additionally, I was blessed with several really great mentors in my early and mid-career.
My journey into the world of photography was motivated by the art of it. The art of it inspired a business that has prospered for over two decades, and my passion for what I do still lives.
In addition to being a commercial photographer, I create fine art photography. My work has been featured in five gallery exhibitions to date, and I will have a website dedicated to selling my photographic art in the works.
My other interests include giving as much time as I can to environmentally-related community work, traveling and finding new adventures with my life-partner, Lynne, and staying physically fit and active. And some of those close to me know me as a life-loving epicurean who finds gratification in expanding my culinary skills. And who knows, I may start drumming again one of these days.