Taking photos one thousand words at a time…
How do you choose a photographer? There’s 12,625,483 of us. I counted.
It’s simple. You choose the one you connect with. Who gets you. You click (pardon the photo pun.)
Let’s see if we click! Coffee/tea/hot chocolate (or adult beverage) of your choice is my treat. The best way to find out if we click is to spend a little time together. If we can’t meet face-to-face, let’s chat on the phone(!) or on one of those new-fangled video chats.
I’m in Sammamish, Washington (about 25 miles due east of Seattle), and would love to connect. Please send me an email or call/message me at 425.785.3374.
And now, the rest of the story…
Once upon a time (8th grade graduation), I was gifted my first camera, a Pentax K1000. For quite awhile, I was that guy, always with a camera.
I fell out of love with film photography after college (too expensive, delayed gratification) and didn’t take many photos for a long time.
And then, my son was born. Lots of point-and-shoot film camera photos. With Little League baseball games for my son, came my first digital camera, a Minolta DiMage s404. No cost per click! Instant (kind of - it was a slowwwwww camera) gratification. So fun!
I started getting more serious about photography again, and my next camera was my first “real” digital camera, the Nikon D70.
Can I tell you a secret? I wasn’t a very good photographer. My good photos from that time were more by luck than design. I wasn’t really invested and motivated in photography. Yet.
Fast forward a bit to my son’s senior project - photography. I helped him with this (I had my Nikon D300 by then, and he used my “old” D70), but it turned out I learned more from him, and got excited, really excited about photography, as I watched him create awesome compositions of ordinary objects, by thoughtful camera placement and interesting arrangement of objects in the frame. Wow!
And then, I got a phone call from a friend - “Would you like to teach photography at Highline College?” I quickly discovered I needed to really understand photography in order to be able to teach it. And in that process, I discovered how much I love photography, and its unique combination of technical skill and artistic vision. I never planned to be a teacher, but I’m so grateful I have this opportunity to learn and share about photography.
Can I tell you a secret? I’m a pretty good photographer! And I can’t wait to see what stories I get to tell next.
Trivia & Other Stuff
I’m left handed. Except for baseball batting, scissors, golf, computer mice, and cameras. Did you know there are no left handed cameras?
I have a business degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. I met my wife, Debbie, there. Bonus points!
I didn’t get chicken pox until I was 35. I don’t recommend it. Yuck.
I love Ampersands. The shapes are so cool and the concept of “And,” instead of “Or” is very appealing to me. Confession: I have three t-shirts with ampersands.