Don is a Certified Professional Photographer with both the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from PPA. He has also earned the Distinguished Colleague of Photography degree from the NH Professional Photographers Association. He is currently a Technical Editor and writer for the Professional Photographer Magazine and PPMag.com. Don is known in the industry as a master of studio lighting & has taught programs on studio portrait lighting in over 20 different states & the Bahamas. Don has won many awards in competition including NHPPA Photographer-of-theYear, Best of Show, Highest Scoring Print, numerous Courts of Honor, Kodak Gallery awards and ASP State Elite awards. On the national level, Don has 13 Loan Collection images (all portraits) and 5 consecutive PPA Photographer-of-the-Year awards, including Diamond. In 2010 he received the Imaging Excellence Award from PPA. He is also a past President of the NHPPA and along with his wife, Sandy, operate their studio in East Rochester, NH. They have 4 children.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. “ If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event remember, one can never get enough education, & inspiration, can they? If you’ve never been to After Dark Before remember, don’t get caught up on the shiny lights. Come focused, stay focused, leave inspired, re-energized.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
Self taught… My ah-ha moment was when I realized that there was more to lighting than short light open loop!
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
I’ve participated in 7 AD Events and my favorite part was spending the afternoon on South Beach, Miami.
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
You are either growing or decaying. Teaching for 8 or 9 years
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Studio Lighting
- Canon Shooter
- Sessions inStudio, OnLocation
- Short Light