As a child I remember my dad always taking pictures. He told me that it was something he and his father did together. His father taught him to develop pictures in the bathroom that they converted into a darkroom. I didn’t appreciate it at the time but, as I grew, I found my dad to be a wealth of knowledge about the art of photography and a phenomenal artist as well. His views of less being more and the power of simplicity have stayed with me all my life. My father first gave me a camera at the age of 12, and I simply took pictures of what I saw. Overtime I came to see the art in photography and began to appreciate the beauty and power of images. Sports is the one place where raw human emotion is on display. A photographer has the chance of capturing an extraordinary physical act, success, and failure all in a single frame. These moments are fleetingly rare and you just have to be there, and “feel” it coming.
I also love the beauty of portrait photography. Portrait photography can easily become just a series of pretty pictures. The challenge is to avoid this by making art out of the simplest image. I find tweens and teens especially fun as it is easier to get them to be themselves in front of a camera. Once you get them to relax and ignore the lens, you can work on the art of capturing their personality in the image.
Academically, my degree is in computer science. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia. I originally got into the computer industry to design video games because I wanted to work on graphics and create spectacular images. I never got to design video games, but I am able to combining my father’s teachings with my computer skills to produce unique sensory experiences. Using a combination of stills, video, and music I trigger memories, emotions, and recollections of your life experiences to tell a story that is a unique experience to each viewer.