Photography was a hobby until I started school at Brooks Institute of Photography where my love for science and art were smashed together in a life changing way.
* I had wonderful teachers, and because of them, I fell in love with the ocean and all of its weird creatures, discovered the beautiful sculptures of Michelangelo and Bernini, and unraveled universal mysteries in science classes. I had then, and still have today the need to know how things work, in my youth, my dad’s tool bench became my early testing grounds. I eventually moved on to my car and and anything in need of repairs. DIY is part of me. I've surfed the North Shore, became a certified SCUBA diver at 14, built bamboo hang gliders, shook hands with Neil Armstrong and met the Dalai Lama. Twice..
* My major course of study was industrial scientific photography. The CSI kind. The really cool stuff, like cross polarization and electrical currents seen with Kirlian photography. I graduated with honors and went on to be an Ophthalmic photographer at the University of Texas Health Science Center; Eyeball photography. Six months was long enough for me, off to Hollywood to start my professional career.
* That was thirty-ish years ago. I never became a “specialist”, probably because I was always too busy shooting an ad campaign, catalog of products or traveling the country shooting lifestyle portraits, or building out my studio or riding my custom chopper.
* I've never been more confident about NotSpecializing and being Really Good at a lot of genre’s as when I started teaching all this stuff I’ve learned. Now days, I teach more days a month than I shoot, and that’s OK. I love teaching, and traveling and shooting more for myself then ever before. It continues to be a beautiful journey.