Here’s where I’m supposed to tell you something about myself. Try to impress you so you’ll decide to pay for my services. The fact is I may not be the right photographer for you. However the good news is it won’t be too difficult to figure it out. Now hiring an accountant, that can require some difficult research. Not so with a photographer. You see, photography is a “personal thing” for every individual. When done correctly, it can make you gasp or even grab your soul. If it doesn’t stir something inside of you, keep looking. The only research necessary here is to look at the photographers work; maybe a few reviews to make sure he or she is easy to work with (code for not weird or crazy), and perhaps see if the image maker’s peers have recognized his or her work. Not an easy task.
I like to believe I’m a “nice guy.” My wife of 34 years seems thinks so, so there’s that. I can however assure you I am a professional in every sense of the word. I held Director or Vice President positions for more than 20 years in corporate America (Fortune 500 companies) before escaping to pursue my childhood passion. Bottom line, nothing brings me more pleasure than to see one of my clients experience their images for the first time, and the only word that comes out of their mouth is "wow!" It's at that moment I know I did my job. After all, if the photograph doesn’t provoke that type of reaction then it's just a picture. An image most people can create with their cell phones!
And here’s where it all started:
I wanted to be a professional photographer ever since I was 8 years old. However at the time there was no one in my little world that could teach me how to use the Argus 35mm camera my aunt gave me. Instead I relied on Encyclopedia Britannica and a spiral notebook. I had no problems understanding the spiral notebook, the Encyclopedia Britannica not so much. I had a paper route and mowed lawns in an effort to buy two things; film and candy. And not necessarily in that order. I tried so hard to understand the relationship between the shutter, aperture and ISO film by reading that Encyclopedia Britannica. I just couldn’t get it. In the end all I really learned was how to put the film in the camera. So I struck out and took pictures of things I found fascinating, logging every shot in that spiral notebook. Meticulously noting the shutter speed, aperture, flash or no flash and film type. Now came the hard part. I would beg my parents to get the film developed. I had to beg because getting a roll of film developed and printed was not cheap! You can’t imagine how upset they were for the first year or so when every photograph came back either pure black or pure white (Hey! I was 8 to 10 years old!). Nor can you imagine how excited I was on that special day when I could barely make out an image at all! OMG! You would have thought I won a Pulitzer. By comparing the photograph to my notes over the next two years I eventually figured it out. By the time I made it to high school I was able to work (play) in the darkroom and really began to understand and master my passion.
Today I'm half way to my Master of Photography degree and close to finishing my Certified Professional Photographer certification from Professional Photographers of America. In an effort to stir my creative juices, I continually study the old and the new masters.