A professional photographer based in the Oak Ridge / Knoxville area, with experience photographing a broad array of subject matter, including: portraits, head shots, food and event photography. I also photograph fine art landscapes in various locations, selling prints on Fine Art America.
Photography isn't just a job to me - it's my obsession. I've been a photographer for most of my life, long before I even realized it.
My earliest photo memories stretch back to when I was about 12 years old and took a pocket 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. It was nothing short of magic. Of course, film and processing was expensive in those days, so I had to be sparing in the number of shots I took.
Even without a camera in my hands, from a young age I was impressed by the varied ways light fell upon different surfaces. Sometimes it was the moon or artificial light that would make the surface of snow sparkle on a chilly New England winter night. I took special delight in snow-laden pines reflecting golden hues in the morning sunlight against the backdrop of an endless, blue sky.
In summer, the late afternoon light transformed the surface of lichen-adorned stone walls into rough sandpaper; you could almost feel the texture with your eyes. Autumn delivered a visual feast of vivid red, intense orange and luminous yellow leaves transformed into living stained glass windows above the wooded groves where I used to play.
I signed up for a photography class as a high school sophomore, at which time I bought my first 35mm SLR - a camera I still own to this day. With permission from my photography teacher, Mrs. Clary, I would stay after hours, experimenting with prints in the school darkroom. The majority of my early photos, frankly, weren't particularly good. Undeterred, I kept at it, shooting at least a roll each week. Looking back at my earliest work I see the gradual improvement of my photographic eye - a process that every lifelong photographer knows never ends.
Following my first year in college, I seriously contemplated transferring to art school so I could study photography. After some soul searching, I decided to stay where I was at the time. Nonetheless, I kept up my photography "habit," shooting portraits for college classmates. One day I discovered that a local photo lab was displaying a photo I took of my friend, Jennifer, under glass on their counter top. I realized then 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 broadened my horizons and expanded into new directions with photography. I continue to be an active learner, attending workshops, studying the masters of yesterday and today, and taking online training so I can improve in my craft.
It's that passion and breadth of experience that I pour into every photo session today.