Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
October 7, 2011
To interesting locations filled with interesting people.
I went to film school in the '80s, which was when I got my first SLR (a Minolta X-370--which I still have). And while I've been shooting on and off during the years since--occasionally in my side business as a headshot photographer--it was only after starting at B&H in 2008 that I got my first DSLR and really started getting serious about equipment and technique (having a decent income and access to employee-discounted gear didn't hurt!). And while I'll always maintain that it's the photographer, not the camera, that makes a good photo--I still include point-and-shoot images in my portfolio--there's nothing like decent lenses, solid gear, and dedicated controls to make getting that image so much easier.
I enjoy shooting a number of subjects, from candids to musical performances to natural environments. But probably my favorite subject is people, specifically in a portrait- or artistic-type setting, where I can take advantage of existing light or create my own. It's an area in which I still feel I have a lot to learn, and where I'm continuing to push myself. I really feel I only skimmed the surface while in New York, and hope to move further into the promo/fashion/editorial realm while in Seattle.
I'm a recent import from NYC, where along with writing about pro video products for B&H Photo, I shot portraits, headshots, and music videos in my spare time. Nineteen years in NY was enough for me, though, and I'm really happy to be here in Seattle.