I began taking photographs at a young age with my Kodak 110. Needless to say, I knew nothing of composition then. My parents were kind enough to keep buying film and processing the pictures for me. Then, sometime around high school, I was digging through a closet looking for something and I happened upon a hidden treasure. A brown leather case with a push button latch that when released, opened to reveal a Vivitar 35mm camera with additional lenses. My parents again let me have free reign with the camera, but this time the money didn’t flow quite as freely for the film and processing. But that problem was solved with the photography club at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. I lived in that dark room. My membership fee gave me all the film I needed! And there was something magical about taking the photo and then rushing to the dark room to see what I had caught. I can still smell the chemicals if I close my eyes and think about it.
In college, I shot for the school paper and even got a front page or two. Then came the lull. Graduate school did not lend itself to anything quite as artistic as time in the dark room. And by the time I graduated and got a job, a new world was opening up- digital photography. I have been through multiple point and shoot cameras, never getting the nerve to dive into a DSLR; until Christmas of 2010. I remember standing in Best Buy with my wife and telling her that we would never have to pay for family portraits again. I had read everything I could find on the Canon T1i and I wanted it. I couldn’t afford anything more “professional,” but I knew this would be the start. Somehow my argument worked and she gave in. And yes, she holds me to the promise of the portraits… a lot!
Since then, I have had the privilege to upgrade to a Canon 5D Mark II and one L-series lens. I have plenty of accessories and I shoot thousands of photographs. I always shoot on manual now and love every moment of learning. I have had the privilege to travel to other countries and capture images that some find beautiful. Best of all, I get to capture the moments with my family as we grow.
Photography has now reconnected with video (another old passion) for me through the 5D and its amazing video capabilities. So I divide my time learning about both and it is beginning to pay off. I hope you enjoy this site and the journey it reveals as I document my growth as a photographer and film maker. And periodically I will go back in the shoeboxes and grab some photos from days long ago and tell as story or two.
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