Born in Ohio and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have bounced around the country and finally landed for good in Greensboro. I really love this city. I love the big trees. I love how people hold doors for each other, and say, "Hello" when passing. I love the (relatively) low traffic and how a 15 minute drive gets you pretty much anywhere in town. I love the distinct character of the towns of the Triad area. I love our festivals and arts. I love the history of the area. I love the people I have met and look forward to meeting more in the coming decades.
Photography is a hobby that has become a second career. I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. When you come in for your consult meeting, we can talk about why a liberal arts degree is very valuable, even for an engineer. My engineering career spanned several technology companies, building computer hardware for visualization systems. That's a fancy way of saying computer graphics cards. We built amazing systems that helped design planes, train pilots, find oil, and analyze medical scans. It felt good. That industry shifted as PC graphics got to be good enough, and the focus shifted toward games. The loss of a child and that shift in the industry, reset my priorities on family and creating true value from how I spent my time.
Photography has always been about stopping the world, just for a moment, and breathing it in. Photographs create the opportunity to look back and conjure a smile, and sometimes a tear, as we revisit that moment again. That defines "time well spent" to me. Photographs are slices of our life. These moments are sometimes forgotten, and come back unexpectedly when a child opens an old family album and asks, "Was this you?" (Or, as my daughter asked, "Why wasn't I invited to your wedding?") Focusing my time on creating those moments feels good. I love what I do, and what I can do for the people I work with.
Sometimes I joke that I'm a photographer because I can't draw. There is truth in this. On the flip side, photography is all about the light. Literally, it means "Light Drawing" based on the Greek root of Photo and Graph. I understand light. My engineering background melds seamlessly into the crafting of the light to make an image so much more than "a nice pic." In the end, it is all the about creative process, which gets back to spending time: taking time to try something and see what happens, taking time to laugh.