I began my photographic adventure late in life. I had always wanted to be a professional photographer and toyed with the idea. At the age of 28 I purchased my first real SLR and it has been a magical journey ever since. It was as if I was destined for this. My understanding of the process remarkably quickened, as if my brain and soul were meant to follow this path. I immersed myself into honing my skills and style working with master photographers until I "saw the light". Now every task I undertake is a learning and growing experience.
I started off photographing people, doing head-shots, portraits and modeling portfolios. From there I moved to weddings and special events. Wanting to grow, I took on more challenging photography and complex lighting situations. Photographing product, food. interiors and architecture. I also worked in photographic labs processing all types of film, printing photographs and as a copy technician, becoming even more efficient.
As the digital age grew so did I. Working with digital was a bit difficult at first. I understood the photographic process and wanted to remain old school but progress was upon me. There was a whole new process to learn with all those new terms like pixels and sensors, unsharp masking, inkjet printing and resolution, resampling, bicubic interpolation. The list seemed endless, but alas, I now teach people what to do with their cameras and computers. I instruct them how to manage their files, calibrate their monitors, set their printers profiles and how to manipulate their images. Now digital seems easy for me.
When it comes to studio lighting everything I do is intentional. Every highlight, every shadow, every reflection. There are no "mistakes". Everything is there, or not there for a reason. I always prefer that the client be here with me when I am photographing. I value your input. Your choice of background, your choice of camera position, your choice of lighting. I work to your style and I will sit with you at my computer and go over each image to insure it meets your expectations of how you want your work to look.
Once one understands the principals of photography and lighting, the only thing that is left is style. That's the real opjective part to making images. I know what I like and what I don't like, and therein lies the challenge when photographing for a client. You get what you like, not what I like. We may mildly disagree, but if you tell me what you want, I'll go to the ends of the earth to produce it for you.
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