Although my career has taken me away from Fashion as a genre, and ultimately pulled me away from photography as a profession, I believe this site should remain for historical reasons, and to serve as a portrait portfolio. The following paragraphs serve to give you a small glimpse into my history as a visual creator, as it relates specifically to photography.
“The first photographer I can remember giving me inspiration was Avedon, I didn’t just want to be like him, I wanted to be him. This dream was thwarted by family encouragement to get a real job and abstract notions of security’s dominance over the importance of happiness and passion. This notion only held for so long, as the deeper human ambitions eventually persevered over working mundane positions in similar creative fields.
A long line of classic creative education lies in my history. Apprentice for a classically trained typesetter, high end independent graphic designer, and a sign shop to learn the realm of plotters and vinyl, just to name a few. Eventually this all led to working as a grand format prepress technician and embracing photography as a hobby, and an unattainable career goal.
The automotive world was also an addiction of mine, as it is you could have classified me as a “car guy”. To this point, a Nikon FG was my instrument of choice until the gift of the original Canon Digital Rebel changed the scope of the future. Within six months I was shooting my first automotive editorial assignment, six months following that, my first cover story. Amidst the development of my career as photographer while photographing a drag race, there was an epiphany; the most interesting photos were those with a human presence. Thrust into memories of Avedon, I began to focus on lighting techniques, portraits and fashion while expanding my automotive client base and technique. At the height of any automotive editorial career, my largest client was bought out and shut down taking away 80% of the business. It was time to change everything and focus solely on fashion and portraiture. In 2008, I was a semi finalist in the Hasselblad Masters competition, the recognition necessary to confirm I was on the right track, and reaffirm my ambitions.”
Currently I am an active commercial helicopter pilot, with nearly 600 hours of aeronautical experience. My photography work has taken a turn and focused on the aviation world. Four•Five•Seven was originally created to be the home of my cinematic endeavors, however aviation became a new home where my heart will forever be, and I personally believe that my aviation photography deserved a home of its own.
During the transition from fashion to aviation, Limitless Aviation was born. A small yet effective marketing firm focusing on the aviation world combining all of my life experience as a visual artist into a platform that combines the talents of an artist with the knowledge of a marketer and the finesse of a pilot. Limitless also offer me the opportunity to operate a small fixed wing flight school, serve as marketing director and brand strategist for a helicopter operator, and develop my skills as a pilot. This phase of my life has led me to where my passion is complete. Serving as a marketing professional and a pilot is nothing short of a dream come true, a dream that combines all of my education and talent in one place. While at FIT and Parsons The New School I focused my minor studies on marketing and social psychology to better understand my subjects, and my marketplace.
Recently my early years as an automotive photographer have caught up with me by way of an invitation to participate on two regional luxury automotive brand commercials. At the time of this update, the Alfa Romeo commercial has wine two regional Gold Addy Awards. “Hello Albany” is shown below.Immediatly after the Alfa commercial, you will see “The Call”, a commercial for Maserati contracted by the same advertising firm, Elevation Ten Thousand. Lastly, and most of all my favorite is a behind the scenes reel from our production of the Maserati commercial.