I was raised in a small city in Michigan, and as a small boy, remember clearly being in a downstairs room lit with a deep red light watching my father fiddling at the enlarger.
I was amazed to see images of my sister magically and slowly appear on a piece of empty white paper, as dad gently rocked the smelly, clear liquid back and forth.
After a few times of watching similar results, I can imagine I quickly became bored and went out to play games or throw snowballs with my friends.
Years later, on my own, I found photography as a hobby while in high school (like my father had) and became a serious amateur for the next 20 years.
My interest was mostly with landscapes, flowers, bugs, beetles and of course, my girlfriends.
I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Landscape Architecture, moved to Chicago,
worked in land planning/design for six years then shifted into recreation design and management at a suburban park district.
After relocating to Charlotte with my wife Carol, I managed a large private tennis club and also started a tennis court construction company.
But I never strayed far from photography. My spare time was often spent with a camera or in my bathroom darkroom.
Finally I decided to follow my dreams and take my passion for photography into a new vocation.
I have never looked back and am consistently challenged and rewarded by the creative process involved with image making.
I've been in the "business" since 1990, specializing in all kinds of location work throughout the Southeast.
I've enjoyed supporting the growth and goals of a wide range of corporate clients, architects, building contractors, interior designers, and ad agencies.
I also enjoy shooting editorial assignments for local and national publications.
I was, however, one of the last photographers in this area to embrace digital capture, and was finally dragged into to the camera store for my first 'film-less' camera by a young assistant only a few years ago.
I couldn't believe I would get results that compare to those from my 4x5 view camera and trusty Hasselblad, but I soon found out I was wrong.
I am continually amazed at what is possible with my modern electronic (and dry) darkroom.
I fiddle with images in Photoshop, then send them instantly to print (on paper quite different from what my Dad used), it is all incredibly rewarding and fun.
Now the only deep red light in the room is the one blinking on the printer when it's about out of ink!
My goal is to expand my knowledge in using all new technologies (now more quickly as they are available to me!) and continue to expand and develop my art, creativity and passion in this wonderful profession.