It was when I was 14 years old – and I’d just been to a Queen concert – that I learned the true value of photography. I’d taken a camera to the show. I got the prints back two weeks later, and every time that I looked at them, I relived the experience. It wasn’t the photographs, but the emotions and memories they conjured up that truly excited me. When I embarked on my career as a professional photographer, I promised myself that I would make images for my clients that capture the love, romance and excitement in their lives. So over the years I’ve developed a style of imagery that has real heart and soul and that ensures that my clients get a piece of artwork that is about them and only them – not the cookie-cutter look you get from chain stores or from photographers who are more technicians than artists. Born and raised in Mattawan, MI, I was fortunate enough to attend a high school that had a photography program. I continued my training after graduation in the U.S. Navy – as a Photographer’s Mate E-5. I traveled through the Mediterranean, Middle East and Northern Europe, responsible for public affairs and intelligence photography. I also ran the TV station aboard the USS Nassau. After my military service I settled in Washington, DC and became a staff photographer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, where I did everything from aerial photography to video production. I also opened my own studio, to give me the opportunity to expand my talents and explore creative ideas and projects. In addition to shooting portraits, social events and more than 1,000 weddings, I have served a number of commercial clients, some of whom are listed below. I also serve the photography community as an educator – hoping to instill my passion for photography in those with a desire to learn and improve their skills. I own and operate DCPhotoworkshops, providing a workshop learning environment for beginning and intermediate photographers. I teach workshops for the Washington School of Photography – focusing on a style of portraiture I’ve developed called Hollywood Lights, inspired by the movie studio-driven Glamour Photography of screen stars in the 1930s and 40s. And I consult with individuals and organizations about photographic issues and equipment. My current passion is Hospitality Photography – furnishing hotels, restaurants, spas and bed and breakfast inns with unique, inviting images to promote their businesses. I love photography and everything it can do – for me, for my clients and for the people they serve. This profession allows me not only to create art, but to create relationships with people who value that art – or who want to become photographic artists themselves. I couldn’t ask for a better job.