About The Photographer

I'm a closet photographer born by passion and hobby.  My love of photography started in grade school with a Kodak 110 camera.  At the time my subjects were limited to our pets and yard.

Self Portrait (16 May 2015)
In junior high, my grandma gave me my first 35mm point and shoot as a Christmas gift.  I took photos of my friends and school events.  I began my passionate pursuit of nature photography with this camera.

In high school, I took a photography class, back before digital was cool.  This is the point in my photography journey when I was given my first 35mm SLR camera, a Mamiya NC1000.  While other kids my age were spending money on music and clothes, I was spending mine on film and development.  Somewhere in my twenties, the shutter on my Mamiya gave up, forcing me to look for a new camera.

Next in line on the camera journey was the Nikon Pronea 6i APS SLR camera I inherited from a friend.  Many rolls of film were run through this camera until APS film became hard to find, then I returned to 35mm with a Nikon F75 SLR.

In 2007 I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak Easy Share.  It was nothing fancy, but it was digital and easy to use.  After a few years of shooting with a digital camera, I wanted an upgrade and had the desire to leave 35mm behind altogether.  In 2011 I purchased a Nikon D3100, my first DSLR, and the one I'm still shooting with today.

I have a fascination with abandoned and nostalgic places and spaces, always pondering the stories as I capture their image.  Maybe the fascination stems from all the true ghost tales I've read.  Maybe it's from growing up in a state filled with western history.  Whatever the root of this fascination, it's deep in my soul.

I also savor the time I spend capturing nature.  Nature is a grand subject, with hidden beauty always waiting to be discovered and captured.  It's in the sky, landscapes, wildlife, trees, flowers, and open spaces.  

There are times that my photography craving can be satisfied with shots of everyday life.  It's captured in the morning cup of coffee, the bare feet in a tide pool, the fur baby napping in a chair, and the meal on our table.  My photography focus has always been on the world around me.   I've no desire to be a portrait photographer or a wedding photographer.  I love shooting candid shots of people enjoying their world.

I may never be a photographer by profession, but I'll always be one by passion.