I've always had a camera. I remember when I was seven or eight taking a Brownie box camera and shooting a plastic gorilla standing on a shag carpet, hoping it would look real. I spent three days in anticipation while waiting for the film to be developed to see if it worked (it didn't).
I dabbled in the darkroom in the seventies and eighties, first shooting with a Yashica then a Canon. But with a family to support, photography took a back seat; consequently somewhere in storage are thousands of slides, prints and negatives seen once and filed.
In 2000, with digital still in its infancy and my girls grown and gone, I bought a small Olympus. I took it to Mexico twice, to Appalachia, to Montana and, in 2004, to Senegal. Every cell phone on earth now has better resolution, but I loved it; the genesis of a passion.
In 2005, just before a trip to Italy, I bought one of the early Nikon DSLRs, a D70, and began the rudiments of post processing. In real estate at the time I used it for real estate brochures, often for other agents as well as myself. The passion grew...
...and exploded in 2014. We were on a choir tour of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. I'd upgraded to a D7100 and became the unofficial group photographer. After processing the day's pics, I'd send an email blast to about 170 people back home, with links to the uploaded photos. I was stunned: After the first four days, there were over 10,000 picture views; a week after we were back, over 50,000. Back I put together photo books of the trip, bought my first professional lens, upgraded to a full-frame D750, and haven't looked back since. Similar trips to Honduras (twice) and Zambia produced similar results: There have now been a cumulative 300,000+ views. I was hooked.
I've expanded my lenses and bought studio equipment and accessories. I've shot events including weddings and trade shows; shot portraits; shot landscapes - what better place than the Pacific Northwest? - and I love travel. In January, 2016 I retired to devote full time to my passion. Every day since I've done photo shoots, processed pictures and/or studied how to get better at taking and processing pictures. I've compressed years into months, and I absolutely love it.
Now: If you need a photographer, I'm here! Please feel free to browse; if you see a picture you particularly like, licensing is available, as well as 8.5x11, 13x19 and 17x22 fine art prints. (Please do not order through the SmugMug site. Terrific people, poor quality prints.)