Studio Light Self Portrait
From the “Way, Way Back Machine”
Learn a little bit about me.
My love affair with photography actually began in my 7th grade science class. I took 2nd place with a project on the science of, you guessed it, photography. For my 8th grade graduation my parents bought me my first 35mm camera; a Minolta 7s rangefinder that I still have to this day. It wasn’t long before I had converted the old junk closet in the back of the house into my own makeshift darkroom. Ahh, the good ol’ days.
I’ve always been a hands on type of person that wants to fully understand whatever it is that I may be working on. This might help to explain the M.S. in aerospace engineering after a stint in the U.S. Navy working as an electrician on F/A-18 aircraft. Photography and optics seemed to even work their way into my 20’ish year career working as a research engineer for a manufacturing company. A few years ago I decided that this was no longer the path I wanted to be on. Though I had plenty of opportunity to use my creativity as an engineer, I have always been a visual person and decided I wanted to make a go of it and decided to try my hand at becoming a professional artistic and commercial photographer. I am still finding that I need to use both my creativity and technical knowledge to solve the problems that confront me when creating an image.