My first camera, a Pentax ME Super, was my fathers camera given to me by my mother after he passed away in a car accident when I was 10 yrs old. It was the only thing of my fathers that I was given, and from that moment on a camera has not left my side.
I fell so in love with photography that I got my first darkroom for Christmas when I was 12. I’ll never forget seeing the Beseler enlarger under the Christmas tree with a red bow on it and colorful trays, tongs and little yellow packets of developer, stop bath and fixer…it was all I wanted for Christmas, and Santa was good to me that year.
Over time, the memory of my father started to fade and I went searching for photos of him. We had very few photos of my father since he was always the one behind the camera. It was in this search that I understood the value of a portrait. With this understanding I knew that I would be a photographer for the rest of my life. Forever seeking to capture the essence of a person so that whoever is holding the image is holding a connection.
The majority of my time in high school was spent in the darkroom instead of out socializing with friends. I think my favorite person in high school was my photo teacher, Penny Niemi. With the encouragement of Ms. Niemi and the support of my mom, I went on to study Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a BFA in Photography along with a minor in Environmental Studies.
After spending 4 years in the the bitter cold winters of upstate NY, I moved to the warm and sunny city of Los Angeles. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles I began assisting a few esteemed photographers while also working at a local equipment rental house to make ends meet. After about 4 - 5 years of assisting I began working at a studio in Los Angeles as a Stage Manager, then Bookings Manager, and eventually grew into the position of Director of Bookings. In this position I had the opportunity to work one on one with producers and editors gaining a little more insight into the business side of the industry. After 10 years at the studio, finally I was ready to give it go on my own.
While working as a freelance Photographer, I’ve also had the great opportunity to work with multiple companies as a Photo Editor and continue to edit freelance. I’ve found Photo Editing to be a perfect symbiotic relationship to photography. Since I’ve gone freelance I’ve had the opportunity to work with a full spectrum of clients. From Journalism to Advertising, Fine Art Commissions to Editorial and everything in between.
Every time I’m given the opportunity to collaborate on creating an image that will hopefully live on forever, I am grateful.
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