Welcome to my photography website! I've been shooting since I was a kid. My father used to shoot a lot of photography, so naturally, I picked up the habit from him. My first camera was an automatic Nikon back in 1987. I learned how to frame photos a little with that camera, but didn't really get into proper photography until I took some classes in high school, where I shot and developed my own film. I moved on to a Canon AE-1, which was my father's camera that he gave me during college. I used that extensively over the years. It has been with me to China and Guatemala. In 2013, I finally decided to upgrade to a digital camera, and started shooting with a Panasonic Lumix. Most of what you see on this site is from that camera.
About me personally...I was once a pretty creative person. I used to write plays, act, play music (guitar, harmonica, and trumpet were my instruments), but these days, I'm finishing up my PhD in Political Science (I work on the impact of domestic elections on the use of international organizations), so most of my time is spent working on my dissertation. But photography is my creative outlet, so it gets all the creative juices!
My philosophy on photography is simple: capture the everyday. I am not a big fan of posed shots or photos everyone has seen a million times. I believe in capturing the normal in unique angles, as I think these are actually the truly spectacular moments of life. I love landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, and water, as they remind us of the beauty around us at all times. I think these shots also remind us that we need to preserve such things from pollution, degradation, and never-ending real estate. Haha. I'm not somebody who just shoots a million shots and deletes the bad ones later. I think the art is in thinking about how a shot should look, so I spend time thinking of lighting and framing before taking a photo. This gets me a lot of dirty looks from any friends/family who are with me at the time ("Hurry up!"), but they eventually come around when they see the end products!