I had always imagined myself photographing beautiful and famous people. I decided it was time to follow my childhood passion of being a professional photographer. I wasn’t sure where this would take me but I knew I had to update my skills in digital photography. Upon returning, I registered for upper level classes in photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta where my skills in Photoshop were honed and I learned to use studio lighting. I registered for classes taught by Perry Dilbeck who mentored me and pushed me into learning everything I could about the history of photography. I attended various professional photography workshops with National Geographic photographers David Alan Harvey and William Albert Allard who helped me capture and present a series of images to create “the photostory”. I began to see photography as more than art, I began to understand the “language of photography” as a communication medium.
My passion has always been people photography. Where landscape and architectural photography can be copied by a clever photographer who shows up the day after with your picture in hand, people photography is so different. The interaction between subject and photographer leads to a unique portrait that can never be duplicated or copied. The people skills I developed in sales, consulting, and executive search are quite handy when working with a photographic subject. It is always my goal to find a way to trigger an emotional response that results in a fantastic portrait. Unlike Richard Avedon, who sought to dissect the soul of his subjects with the camera and whose work is a strong influence, I see people in a positive light and use that perspective to create beautiful images.
I’ve always enjoyed photographing scenic places but my travels were too limited to keep me busy in landscape photography. Although I don’t find Atlanta to be a visually interesting subject to photograph, I have found moments when the city has captured my eye. I won the “Atlanta Now” photography contest by the Atlanta Regional Commission for a photograph of midtown.
At the end of 2008, I decided to go pro with my equipment and in early 2009 found a building which I could rent as a part time studio. I began to accumulate studio strobes and light modifiers. I partnered with a local boutique owner, Carmen Cruz to photograph her fashions in my studio. My portfolio continued to expand and my lighting skills took on a signature look.
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