My interest in photography started when I was ten years old and built a pinhole camera to take a class photo at school. Shortly afterwards my parents bought me my first “real” camera and I spent many weeks of allowance on 110 film and developing costs as I took action shots of my Star Wars figures using miniature pyro effects with smoke bombs left over from the 4th of July. When I was a teenager I had a Disc camera and after the friendly photo lab tech explained negative sizes to me I started using my mother’s 35mm camera and never looked back.
After taking every college and tech photo class available in Central Florida (both art and commercial), I got my first photography job in 1988 and quickly found that experience is considerably more important than classroom lectures. Unfortunately I didn’t pursue my interest and wound up working various jobs over the next twelve years with only the occasional photo job on the side, mainly for fun.
In 2000 my sister asked me to move up to Fort Walton Beach to help her with her new business and I started working on the photojournalistic style needed for beach weddings. In the past I had concentrated on tripods and light meters but quickly adjusted to the “think on your feet” type of photography needed when you’re racing against the setting sun.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
– Ansel Adams