I am a pretty crazy hyper fun guy! I like to try something different every time I walk into the camera room. I like to shoot pretty edgy & hot for the most part. I have always liked the fashion style of photography. I have used fashion styles for our seniors for years. I try to create a very fun and spontaneous atmosphere when I shoot. It’s so much about clients having an experience these days! It’s got to be fun for your clients.
I would consider myself relatively technical, but I try not to let that get in the way of communicating with the client that is front of me. You have to have a balance of both for sure!
My father is the one that got me interested in shooting pics at an early age. Dad always had a camera in his hand. I started out, taking all the photography classes available in high school back in 1976. It was all basically darkroom training and basic camera operation. I got to where I hated the darkroom. I began shooting professionally with my dad back in 1986. He had opened the business in 1983 in Bedford, IN. I sought after knowledge by attending seminars and meeting new photographers that were mostly members of our state organization, PPI. I also attended The Winona School of Professional Photography 3 times in my first 4 years of shooting. This school was in Chicago back in those days. Winona was really a fantastic learning experience. You would spend a week at a time with an instructor that specialized in a certain genre. Be it families, children, high school seniors, etc. I started entering prints at our PPI State Convention and the PPA’s print competition back in 1988. I received my Master’s Certificate through PPA in just 4 years. I was handed my Master’s Certificate by Indiana’s own, Vangie Parker, at the National Convention in Orlando in 1992.
We switched over to digital in 2005 and never looked back. The cameras that we get to use today never cease to amaze me. Back in the RZ days of shooting film, I never really played with a lot of different lense focal lengths and used depth of field like we do today. I love photography more than I ever have! Photography has been a wonderful passion and profession to me for a lot of years. Plus, I have got to work with my wonderful dad all these years.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
“My dad opened our studio in 1983. I had photography in high school. I started with dad in 1986. Went to Winona about 3 times in the first 2 years of working for my dad. Back then I got help from people like Rich Voorhies, Jim Wyant, Nancy Bailey, B.C. Baggett.”
“If you’ve never been to After Dark Before, come ready to participate and challenge people to be crazy and different. Have fun and soak it up.‘You can sleep when your dead. Live every second. Get out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary! Do something different every time you walk into camera room.’ “
After Darks Attended: 3
“I really like when the students take what I have set up and make it even better.”
- Canon Shooter
- Half Studio Half Location
Majority of Business:
- HS Senior
- Children & Family
- In-Studio: Soft Box, Beauty Dish, Ringlight
- Location: Reflector and Speedlights
Top 5 Skills:
- Model Portfolio Work
- Location Lighting
- High Energy & BS…