"Daaaaddy take the picture!" These days this is what I hear a lot of the time. I have discovered if I point the lens at him and keep him guessing as to when I am going to take the picture, it will illicit a joyful and playful smile. But when I started my lifelong love affair with photography taking my own child's photograph was hardly a thought. That's how long I have been perfecting my craft. Since I was 12 when, you guessed it, my dad gave me his old camera (a Minolta srt 101). I used to hand roll and develop my own b&w film in my parents' basement. I can remember hanging out my bedroom window with the zoom lens looking at the birds in the bird feeder and how I could focus them in and out like a movie director. I was fascinated and hooked for life.
I studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Later I went on to practice photojournalism for state Government in West Virginia. I was the personal photographer to the Attorney General. In this position I photographed the daily activities of the Attorney General, the House of Representatives, and also did a few shoots with the Governor.
After the legislative session was over I decided to move to NY state to be closer to family and to start my photography business. I started my business, Orbital Imaging, which was founded in 2001. I did printing, a lot of film scanning at that time, and digital image editing/ retouching. However I wanted to get out of the digital darkroom and start shooting more. I was awarded a contract with one of the youth baseball tournament camps in the NY area. At the peak of the business I had six employees and photographers, on-site printing of all images, 25 viewing computer stations, and pro DSLR professional equipment. I was very happy with this, but the toll of the sheer volume of work was starting to affect me. We photographed and uploaded around 350 games a week for the entire summer for years! I decided to concentrate on a more creative outlet for my photography.
The move to wedding photography felt natural. And with my photojournalism background from the State, felt very comfortable. I love that each wedding is different and brings with it new challenges and new opportunities for creative expression. Soon after the transformation, I was shooting events, portraiture, freelance news, table-top products, and restaurants. However story telling through photography is my biggest passion and I feel that is why wedding imagery is my favorite.
I look forward to seeing where the magical world of photography will take me next. I will continue to express my being through this enchanting art form.
I photograph daily. I am in love with the art form. I can't imagine doing anything else!
New start! My family has relocated to Ithaca NY. It is wonderful here! We welcomed our baby boy, born on Halloween!
I am excited to continue my passion for photography in the Finger Lakes region.
I am available, as always nationally, locally, internationally, and intergalactically.
Ithaca Waldorf School (Ithaca, New York)