Thank you for checking out my about page. Some of you may already know me and some may have just stumbled across my website. The about page seems to be the place to brag about yourself. Instead of bragging I thought I would talk about a few things that are important to me and hopefully this will give you a better sense of who I am.

My interest in photography started at a young age. My dad built a darkroom in our house and while he was away I taught myself how to develop black and white film. I loved being in the dark room. Everything about it was exciting and even chaotic at times. I never thought much about a career in photography, I just knew I loved it. Around the same time I was learning photography I started to become interested in music. I became addicted to playing guitar. I enjoyed my private lessons and realized how important they were to my development. After high school I had to make the difficult decision to choose a career. I decided to put my energy in music. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music [1997] in Boston with a degree in music engineering. While I was attending Berklee I never lost my passion for photography. At Berklee I was able to take photography classes at the School of Museum of Fine Arts. I was in heaven because I was doing two things I loved. Even though most of my professional career has been centered around music I never gave up my pursuit in photography. Just after I received my MBA from San Jose State University [2009]. I thought why can’t I do both?

Having two careers has proven to be difficult, but very rewarding. It’s easy to feel burned out if you’re constantly focused on one thing. Doing both music and photography keeps things fresh, exciting, and never dull. I look forward to each day because I know I will be doing something I love. My enthusiasm is something my clients notice. I’ve heard clients talk about their previous experience with a teacher or photographer and many felt like they were just another client. My goal is to make each client feel special and unique. I relentlessly work hard to deliver service that exceeds every expectation. I don’t rest until I achieve this goal.

Musical influences: John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock,  Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, James Brown, Eddie Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Nick Drake, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, David GIlmour, Grant Green, Wayne Krantz, Tower of Power, Meters, Chick Corea, Maceo Parker, and Bill Evans.

Photography influences: Richard Avedon, James Nachtwey, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Dave Hill, Joel Grimes and too many others to mention, but here is a site that list many of todays great photographers. Chris Orwig has been a huge influence on me both as a photoshop/lightroom editor and educator.  His instructional videos on Lynda.com are the best around! Mark Wallace and Rick Sammon are great teachers/photographers and offer tons of information on the web.

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