Visual Arts: Photography
I’m an artist with a camera and a commercial photography business. I specialize in working with people to reveal their stories and capture imagery that promotes them and their work.
While I’ve been a picture taker since I was 8, when I began using a digital camera in 2008 I excelled in skill and technical ability at a rapid rate due to an unstoppable addiction to learning my craft. That’s when I became a picture maker.
I mentored with master photographers and took classes online and pretty much lived and breathed photography 24/7 in order to gain the technical skill and control to be able to pretty much realize any vision I wanted using my camera, lighting gear and sometimes Photoshop. Once I got past the technical stuff, it was time to figure out what I wanted to shoot.
My love of working with people and of learning who they are leant me to choosing lifestyle and portraiture as a focus for my work. I specialize in telling people’s stories through dynamic and vivid imagery. Whether winemakers, artisans, executives or the lone wolf running a business from their cabin on the coast, everyone has a story. I reveal those stories through lifestyle photography and portraiture. My work is all about visualizing together with my subjects and playing together to make the images they need to promote themselves, their work and their brand. People use these images for websites, brochures, magazine and jury submissions, social media, and anywhere someone would need to be represented professionally and artfully.
My college degree via Sonoma State University is in music and vocal performance. I have worked in the arts throughout my career as a performer, audio technician and through self expression in various artistic media. I chose to pursue photography after working many years as a sound designer and audio editor. My ears were not able to hear intricate tones anymore and I needed a different career path and had always been passionate as a photography hobbiest, so it was a natural choice.
I worked as a journalist for a local newspaper near Asheville, NC, writing exposés and in depth articles with accompanying photos about local community members. I went freelance as a photographer in 2011 and after trying and failing to maintain interest in many genres, I found that commercial photography specializing in people, portraits, and what people do (lifestyle) was my passion — and I am very passionate about what I do and how it can help others reach their goals. I also enjoy and pursue landscape and still life photography when I don’t have my lens pointed at a person.
As an educator, I teach Photoshop and Digital Photography, most recently at the Miami Ad School in San Francisco. I offer occasional workshops in basic photography and simple art captures and am available for one on one lessons.