A professional photographer based in the Knoxville area, with specialties in portraits, head shots, and events. I also do fine art landscape work in various locations, selling prints on Fine Art America.
I've been a photographer for most of my life, even before I would have described myself that way.
My earliest photo memories stretch back to when I was about 12 years old and took a 110 camera to summer camp - a ritual reenacted over several summers. That's the first time I experienced firsthand this marvelous power that can freeze a moment in time, only to be revealed again later on paper.
Even without a camera in my hands, from a young age I was curious about the varied ways light operated upon different surfaces. Sometimes it was the moon or artificial light that would make the surface of snow sparkle on a cold New England winter night. After a big storm, I loved how the snow reflected golden hues in the morning sunlight, weighing down the pine trees outside my bedroom window.
During the summer, the late afternoon light transformed the surface of old stone walls into sandpaper; you could almost sense the texture with your eyes. Autumn delivered its own visual delights with red, orange and yellow leaves transformed into miniature stained glass windows above the wooded groves where I played.
In high school, I took my first photography class. I bought my first 35mm SLR - a camera I still own to this day. With approval from my photography teacher, Mrs. Clary, I often stayed after hours, making prints in the school darkroom. The majority of my early photos, frankly, weren't particularly good. Still I kept at it, and looking back today at my early work I see a clear progression in my own photographic eye - a process that any good photographer knows never really ends.
I nearly changed schools in college, considering a degree in photography, but ultimately decided against that route at the time. Nonetheless, I kept up my photography habit, shooting portraits for college classmates. One day I discovered that the local drugstore was displaying one of those portraits under glass on their counter, and I realized that I'd reached a personal milestone. I'm still flattered when friends use my photos of them for their social media profiles.
Today, I pursue photography as a full time vocation. Over time, I've begun to broaden my horizons and explore new directions in photography. It's that passion and breadth of experience that I pour into every photo session today.