"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter"
– Alfred Eisenstaedt
“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”
― Edward Steichen
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adam
My father first introduced me to photography when I was eight years old. I was completely taken in by the camera's ability to capture slices of time and emotions not possible in any other medium. Under his tutelage I began to see life in a new way; prospective, light, and color became powerful and emotional. Life was vivid and passionate.
After majoring in fine art photography, I opened my first studio in Pennsylvania. My photojournalistic style of documenting the emotions of life put me in high demand for sports and entertainment. I spent years photographing celebrities such as Elton John, world figure skating champions, and World Cup Soccer teams.
But the world was calling and I was not getting any younger. Inspired by a World War II photographer, I joined the United States Navy at 34. I wanted to tell the story of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday. I wanted to capture their fear, anger, compassion, joy, and pride for generations to appreciate.
I moved my studio to southern California after my second tour of duty in the Middle East. I fell in love with the weather, the land, and the people; the diverse culture of southern California made me feel at home. But it was the years of travel and experience photographing ceremonies, celebrities, humanitarian relief operations, and combat troops on the tip of the spear that taught me; life is in the details.