I've been shooting for over 30 years - longer, really, if my childhood ambitions are considered. My mother gave me my first camera when I was about 8 years old and I can remember wandering around my neighborhood taking pictures of just about anything that I found interesting. Of course, mom limited me to the amount of film she would purchase and develop for me and most of the images were not worth saving. As far as I know, few images from those days survived.
For most of my many years as a photographer, my wife, Wanda, has been my muse and inspiration. She's waded into icy streams, climbed trees, gone into caves, has been body painted, walked on hot sand, and contorted her body into many positions while I created my images. I like shooting in water so much that she jokes that I'll travel 100 miles out of my way to find a stream or lake in which to pose her.
Photography-on-the-Net. The photographers there, many of them full time professionals, were quite open and sharing with their knowledge and experience and I learned a great deal more about the craft of photography from this great community, especially about many of the more advanced aspects of lighting control and exposure. Along with a number of well-written books, POTN is one of the resources I most highly recommend to novice photographers.
In 2006 I began a series of projects which I hope culminate in a couple of books. The first project, The Fae in Us All, started out with the simple concept that within each of us there lies a little magic and exhibits itself through our interests. You can read more about the project at the link.
Two years later I began the Women & Chains project which consists of three related series of images. Each model chosen to participate in the project completes each set of images - one in the studio, one out-doors, and another in a house or other interior setting. Both of these projects are nearing completion.
I love to read, especially science fiction and fantasy novels, since I read for escape and not just for knowledge. My music tastes are eclectic and I enjoy everything from classic rock to modern country music.
I find inspiration in the works or Julie Bell, Boris Valejo, Luis Royo and other fantasy artists. If you like my work or want to participate in any of my projects, please feel free to contact me. I can make prints available and I'm always looking for new models.