My Photographic

JOURNEY

Have you ever felt that you were destined to do something? That everything you have done in your life has led to this one thing? That's the way I feel about my life as a photographer.

I am the son of a loving Mother, who was born on Valentine's Day, and an amazing Father, who was a wedding photographer himself when he was my age. Growing up, we actually had a working darkroom in our basement and my Dad was always taking photos of my sister and I for the family albums. My Mom was a stay at home Mom and streamed countless hours of romance movies on the VHS player. She was a pure romantic and my Dad has called her his beautiful bride his whole life. They were the most loving and supporting parents I could have ever asked for. When I was very young, they saw I had an eye for the arts and always nurtured my creativity. I am truly grateful that they encouraged that talent and always inspired me to create. When other kids were being pushed to Science or Math they bought me art supplies and comic books.

When I was 14 my Dad and I went on a trip out west with the Boy Scouts to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Arches National Parks. He gave me 30 rolls of B&W film and his old Minolta camera. He taught me everything he knew about photography and my creativity went wild. Being a bit of an introvert at that age, I was able to express how I saw the world in my own way for the first time. The next year, in High School, I took my first photography class and was developing and printing these images of mind blowing landscapes myself. My passion for photography was born. I was able to dodge, burn and print these images of mine by hand and witness them come to life for the first time. That moment of seeing my first prints developing changed my life forever in ways I never could have imagined.

At 4 years old I received my first Fisher Price camera on Christmas of 1988.
The camera didn't actually take pictures but that didn't stop me from exploring new angles.

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