I picked up my first camera around the same time as the first picture in this slide show was taken. 1966 (I was 6 years old). I remember that it was a Kodak Instamatic 110 with this REALLY cool flash cube thingy on the top. I had a blast with that camera! It didn’t matter what the pictures looked like when they were developed of course. The fun part was just pointing the camera at people. When I did that, they performed for me in some way! Sometimesa nice smile, sometimes a goofy facial expression coupled with odd body contortions, sometimes with protest and admonishment. It didn’t matter to me, I was hooked!
Well, I grew up sorta. Went to college, then went into the US Air Force. In working for the USAF, my career field was heavily computer oriented, back when computers were so big they had their own zip codes. I had always picked up the odd photo job along the way. But, I never liked taking “snap shots”, I’d always be experimenting with this or that. Ordinary pictures never did much for me. The fun was taking them. Manipulating light any way I could with whatever I could find to do what I wanted. (ps: don’t take down the shower curtain to use as a reflector on a windy day, it could end badly).
Many millions of pictures of later, I discovered digital and got my first digital camera around 10 years ago. It was a Kodak DC???. With my graphics design and computer background, having a digital camera was like the cave man discovering fire for me. I no longer had to develop film, have the negatives scanned, mailed to me, put onto disc, upload to the computer, into photoshop. I could take the frame, and all those steps in between the camera and photoshop disappeared.
About 7 years ago, I co-founded M&M Photography and helped build that business into what it is today. Now, I have gone my own way. This is what I love to do, and I’m still doing it.
I like to run around 40 miles a week these days to stay in shape and to participate in weekly road races which I really enjoy. (it also helps in keeping up with the rigors of documenting a wedding day)
My passion for this shows every time I walk onto a location to shoot. I just get in my zone and get to work doing what I love to do.