Visions 01 — A Few Things About Myself
It's been THIRTY years now (yes, 30!) that I've been in the photography business. Wow! It really doesn't seem that long. I've been to so many places, met so many people, and have photographed so many sites that the years have flown by! I'm sure you can only guess how much experience that time can bring. So much has become second nature and making it look easy is part of the sweat of the past. Thus, I would like to spend this first edition filling you in on a bit of my past.
Stepping out of photography school in 1987, my hope was to work as a studio photographer. That took me to Fitch (then Richardson Smith) as an assistant, eventually moving up to staff photographer. The 90's brought so much growth to the company in all the design practices, that I needed to be able to do it all-retail, graphic, product.
Leaving there in 1998, I hoped to build a studio based upon all that experience, but something happened that I wasn't expecting. It seemed that the Fitch 90's powerhouse was very influential in retail design, and the people within the industry wanted me to photograph their sites as well.
That was my start within the retail design photography business. I was so busy with it, and with the changes in the photography market within the studio sector, I was driven to become a prime retail location photographer. Since then I've worked with so many players, nd I look forward to many more.
I have been married for thirty years as well and have three children, play guitar, am a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and love landscape photography. The color image you see above is from Cooks Forest State Park in Pennsylvania. I grew up near this area and love to return when I can. A spectacular place that reminds me so much of my youth and spending time in wooded areas-mainly just observing. The other is from a trip a few years ago to Alaska. I've always loved the Orotone images of Edward Curtis, and have loved giving some of my images a personal effect similar, though I prefer more of a brown color than the warm gold. It leaves me with a nostalgic reminder of the past and how the masters have influenced what I do today.