Self Portrait on a rainy day in a California hotel room waiting for the weather to pass.

 

I am a photographer based in North West Arkansas. I offer photography sessions all over Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and travel anywhere domestic or abroad for assignments. My primary body of work is professional portraiture and commercial editorial photography.

When I am not shooting for clients I also host and instruct photography workshops, and offer one on one training covering all aspects of digital photography and post production.

From 2010 through 2019 I did professional photography and photography education in and around New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia. I then relocated to Bella Vista Arkansas in 2019.

A Little More About Me.

Photography is my passion. I find true pleasure in creating beautiful and artistic images of People, Nature, Landscapes, and Still Life. I love chasing the light, manually setting my camera and lens to capture a perfect moment in time in a way someone can not achieve letting their camera automatically choose the settings for them. That is just part of the process, I also love finishing the creative process of taking that captured moment and turning it into a beautiful image or work of art.

I moved to New Jersey in 2003 for work in the IT field. This is when I came into the digital photography age, and in 2007 I bought my first DSLR. This immediately led me to getting a studio to practice and learn lighting, but also learn digital image retouching and editing. I no longer just took pictures, but I could retouch and edit them, opening a whole new opportunity to take what I captured to create images the way I wanted to see them.

I have been honing my craft, shooting and editing for over a decade now. I am primarily self taught through trial and error, experimentation, reading and researching. I have taken many classes on the many aspects of photography, retouching, editing, and photo manipulation over the past years to learn new techniques and add to my knowledge and skill. Still, much of my skill and knowledge comes from my own "just do it and figure it out". I have found that real world shooting and editing is where the experience is gained, and skills are learned and polished. This is where you find, and refine your style.

Over the years I have achieved recognition for my work. I have had my work featured in many publications, some of those are well known news stand publications. My work has hung in a few galleries domestic and abroad. I have been awarded in juried photography competitions. I don't usually mention these when I talk about my photography. I don’t prefer to label myself as Published and Award winning photographer, because I feel in today’s age every “photographer” with a social media account or website labels themselves Published and/or Award wining. I feel like those labels have lost their merit because of the ease in technically getting “published” in some unknown little digital e-zine or even “Self-Publishing” their own little digital or even print magazine. Everyone can get on one of the many photography sharing social media sites like Viewbug or 500px and enter a “contest” and technically become “Award Winning”. To me, my achievements are for me, not to brag about to people. They are personal achievements.

Another of my passions is sharing my knowledge and experience. I love to teach others how to do what I do, and how I do it. I have found I really love helping others with my one on one personal training, and hosting workshops for groups wanting to learn or improve their photography and editing.