Carl has been involved with photography for over 20 years. He started his photographic career in the darkroom as a custom printer and technician. This has proven to be a great asset to his photography and teaching career.
Carl is a Kodak Mentor, he is PPA Certified, a Master Photographer and a Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America. He has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 17 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.
Carl is one of the most sought after instructors in the country because of his “Hands-On” coaching approach. Don’t plan on just watching in this class… Carl will challenge you to become a better photographer than you already are. His photographic skills are just part of what will help each student. His greatest strength is his ability to see what skills others already posses and then find ways to help enhance those skills to a new level.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
“MY WRESTLING COACH. HE WAS ALSO MY PHOTO INSTRUCTOR IN HIGH SCHOOL. IT ALL STARTED THERE. SINCE THEN PPA HAS TAKEN ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY.”
“I LOOK UP TO MOST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS… THERE IS SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM ALL OF THEM. I ALSO STUDY ART- DEGAS IS MY FAVORITE. I AM INSPIRED BY LIFE AROUND ME SO IT PAYS TO SURROUND MYSELF WITH FRIENDS THAT ARE POSITIVE AND HARD WORKING. IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE AFTER DARK EXPERIENCE, SLEEP BEFORE YOU COME. SLEEP WHEN YOU GET HOME. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN WHILE YOU ARE THERE. MEET NEW PEOPLE IN THE SAME JOURNEY AS YOURSELF AND STAY IN CONTACT WITH THESE PEOPLE. IF YOU’RE A RETURNING AFTER DARK ATTENDEE, REMEMBER THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT. PLUS… HOW MANY ATHLETES ONLY GO TO 1 PRACTICE A SEASON? NONE THAT I KNOW. ‘DO NOTHING OF SELFISH AMBITION OR A CHEEP DESIRE TO BOAST, BUT BE HUMBLE TOWARD ONE ANOTHER, ALWAYS CONSIDERING OTHERS BETTER THAN YOURSELF.’ “
After Darks Attended:2
- Canon Shooter
- 50/50 Location & Studio
Majority of Business:
- HS Seniors
- Natural Light 90%
- OCF on Occasion
Top 5 Skills:
- Natural Light Portraiture
- Image Preparation
- HS Senior Portraits
- Sports & Family Groups