I am a freelance photographer based in Southern California with roots in Texas, Northern Ireland, the Abacos, Cape Cod, and back to Pasadena.
My mother was a portrait photographer in Pasadena and my dad was a commercial lighting designer; so light, shadow and the smell of emulsion was around all the time. I don't know that it was inevitable that I became a photographer, but those memories, along with a massive curiosity for the world in general, and people more specifically, put me where I am.
After high school I spent 7 years in the film business as a camera assistant where emulsion came back in 1000' rolls. Curiosity got the better of me again and I started college at USC. After that and a year working as a photojournalist outside of Seattle, moved on to graduate school at Syracuse. During an internship in DC I was given the opportunity to work in Northern Ireland for a summer. I was supposed to be writing a thesis on paper, but I chose Tri-X and Velvia, photographing the Troubles from both sides of the civil divide, selling some to publications back home. The friends I made during that period have become family as I watch new generations flourish. The tribe expands.
In terms of personal works, water, especially the Pacific has been a regular theme. My dad was a sailor, loved racing, and saw to it that I was christened with water taken from the Molokai Channel during the LA -->Hawaii Transpac race....................yeah. So, I've been known to occasionally get the odd camera wet (thank you State Farm). A group of spinnakers backlit at sunset is always great, but for me its about the crews and what's happening on board at a mark rounding or a cross that I'm after. The more wind and the bigger the swells, the better the shots. We call it 'fresh to frightening'. I'm currently working on a book about SoCal sailing.
These days I can be found in the studio, on the street, in a pub, off the coast of SoCal; following a story, idea, theme or anything else that I know needs to be expressed visually. After 20 years shooting and teaching in the craft that curiosity has never gone away. Like all shooters, I've learned to plan well and take in the unexpected moments...which is what curiosity often leads to, and is what we're supposed to do anyway. Thats why you hired me.