Thanks for taking time to visit my site. Time is our most valuable commodity, so I truly appreciate your spending a bit of time to view my photos and to get to know me a bit.

 

Born and raised in the American midwest, I've also lived for a short time in Miami and Borisov, Belarus. Despite my parents coming from farming backgrounds, they always encouraged my love of the arts (music, art & drama). My dad even brought old files home that were being thrown away so I could draw on the blank sides of the large sheets of paper. When I was indoors growing up I was often on my stomach in front of the TV, drawing my own stories and imagined places.

 

Around 10 years old I discovered photography when I bought my first camera from Bazooka Bubble Gum by saving wrappers and probably sending them a little money. It was a small, plastic camera with a simple mechanism and fixed lens like a Box Brownie. I looked for samples of those earliest shots but found only one, of my little sister striking a funny pose, not believing I'd actually take her photo. Of course, I took it. (Go to the People gallery in my Portfolio. The BW shot of the girl with her tongue out? That's it.)

 

At KU while studying to be an illustrator, I also began shooting with my first 35mm SLR. I earned my BFA in illustration & design, worked for several companies before launching my freelance illustration career. Graphic design followed years of illustration. The desire to make music persisted and in 2010 I started my own band, playing classic rock by Chicago, BS&T, Steely Dan, The Doobie Bros and more. Over time, my love of photography overtook my other interests, which has brought me to what you see here.

 

My formal training in art and design has informed how I approach my photography. I'd love to hear from you whether you want to discuss a potential assignment, buy a print or just want to connect.