It’s something I’ve done all my life, making my first portrait in elementary school with a Polaroid camera. It was a picture of former President Richard Nixon’s brother, Edward. He was canvasing door to door in my neighborhood and someone told me he was famous. I cut through the crowd, walked up to him, and took his picture. It’s proven to be a winning methodology, although I’m taller now so the images are more flattering.
Learned to print from film and shoot with intent throughout my school years. I was (am) a bit of science nerd and pursued a pre-Med degree in college after getting a credential in Chemistry. Put myself through school by working in a research hospital, which gave me a lot of opportunity to photograph surgeries and other medical situations. This led to working for clients like Johns Hopkins more and more and it soon became clear that I was better suited for photography then the intensely political environment of medical research. And telling my parents that I wasn’t going to be a doctor.
After college I began working for magazines like Child/Parents, Parade and Metropolitan Home. With nationally published work in my book, I moved to New York City and worked there nearly a decade. Branching out into video, live TV and stage productions provided credits on a number of Broadway plays and TV productions. I even got to bring REM onstage at an MTV Rock The Vote event.
Returned to Baltimore with a ton of stories, having worked with a real cast of talented characters, on a bunch of amazing projects, and with a treasured portrait of myself made by Joyce Tenneson, shot on the wonderfully massive 20 x 24″ Polaroid camera.
So you see, this story does have an arc.
Always looking to work with new people and interesting projects. If it sounds like I can help you with a project, then let me know and we can schedule some time to talk about it.