Photography is in my blood. My grandfather was a photographer for the OSS in the Second World War, and then a cinematographer in Hollywood. That life fascinated me. As a kid, I carried my camera everywhere, documenting everything. I can still remember the agony of having to wait while my film was sent away to be developed. It was so incredible when I took my first photography class in high school and learned how to use the darkroom to develop my own film and prints. It was magic!
One day a successful portrait photographer from our area, Bruce Hudson, came to speak to our class. While I can't remember a single thing he said that day, I was hooked. Here was someone who made a living by taking pictures. I went to his studio the next year and asked to intern for him, and there began my wonderful journey of learning with Bruce as my mentor. He taught me that while anyone can take a picture, it takes skill, technique, vision and perspective to create memories within an image. He showed me how I could turn my obsession for documenting my own life into a career documenting the lives of others. It was an epiphany.
...it takes skill, technique, vision and perspective to create memories within an image.
So this has become my guiding principle as a photographer: to use my clicks to tell a story. Whether it's a long form novel like a wedding session, or a single perfect haiku in the form of a great head-shot, I strive to have my photos not just capture an instant, but to emotionally transport the viewer to another place, time and mood.
Thank you for joining me!