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.
Speed (behind the wheel) was another latent life addiction that created an automotive hobby. 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.