I grew up learning photography my Mother, Grandmother and Aunt were all photographers and I was enthralled with photos and camera gear. I loved spending time looking at my mother's prints, photography books and going to art galleries as a child. Photography just spoke to me.
I love that I can capture the world the way I see it. I studied photography & videography in high school and spent hours on end in my grandmother's & school's dark room. I still remember the darkroom smell!
My first camera was a Canon AE1 and I used it until digital cameras came out. Today I use the Canon EOS R5 and EOS RP as a backup.
Rarely a day goes by that I'm not taking or editing photos or videos. I embrace every day like it's my last... My time is worth everything to me and when I'm photographing with you it is my most important moment.
I spent almost 30 years in web design and marketing and have had the privilege of working with world class models & photographers from all over the world.
The past 5 years has been dedicated to experiential education & online classes. I've studied everything from music theory, mixing and mastering, film and video production, film editing, photography and editing. I spend about 1,800 hours per year learning, practicing and pushing myself to improve. For reference, I've been using Adobe photoshop since version 3.0!
My passion outside of photography is music & working with others who struggle with mental health challenges, addiction, homelessness and other life situations.
Today my life is happy and purposeful... My journey continues.
The elephant tattooed guy in the room.
First things first... I spent years in a suit and tie; it didn't suit me. I am creative, artistic and unique... That's what you're hiring me for! Purpose, creativity and pursuit of happiness is my life.
*If you have specific dress requirements, I am usually happy to accommodate the best I can. I do need flexibility and comfort so I can move around and get great shots!
My other passions...
You may find me around Roanoke or another city offering to listen and help people who need it. Other times I'm working with people who have substance abuse issues or mental health issues.
In 2021 I started a YouTube series that focuses on helping people with life situations.
On top of being a photographer and videographer, my other creative outlet includes music. I am a self produced solo artist, composer and recording engineer.
I mainly produce goth, industrial & synthpop music. You can hear some of my music HERE