Like many people in this profession, I did not start my journey as a professional photographer. Decades ago, working with a Minolta 35mm film camera, I started on a lifelong pursuit of capturing images as a hobby. Over time, as my skill grew, I acquired more gear and started to pursue formal training. Studying workshops, books, and training programs by great photographers like David Ziser, Hanson Fong, Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, and Zack Arias lead to a deep understanding of the complexities of light and image composition.
The final push was an innocent enough chance encounter with my now friend and personal mentor, Carey Crays, at a wedding that he was photographing. The topic turned to photography and later on, I received an invitation to start work as a second shooter on a host of projects. It was the frequency of work and hands on guidance that allowed me to further progress to where I am today. I am forever grateful for everything I have learned, and the ability to contribute back as a professional in the field. I still work extensively with Carey, and perform a multitude of my own projects for people and companies in the Southeastern Michigan area.
While some people lose interest over time in their endeavors, my interest has accelerated. I am always in pursuit of the next great series of images. I enjoy not only the complexity of the work, but the people I meet and the interesting places I get to see.
I reside in Monroe, Michigan with my wife, Sara. In addition to photography, I enjoy playing piano, flying, and software development.
I often get asked what type of equipment do I use. I use and prefer professional camera equipment from Canon including Canon's top 'L' Series lenses for quality digital images. Additional professional grade equipment from manufacturers such as PocketWizard, Lastolite, Paul C. Buff, Photoflex, and Quantum Instruments allow for capturing images in a wide range of demanding scenarios.
Some of the equipment utilized includes: