While my life likely would not have inspired a novel by Hemingway or rated a voice over by John Facenda on NFL films, it has been varied and interesting!
For starters I have always been a huge fan of literature. I like the idea that someone's words can transport you to different worlds and allow you to experience life in an entirely different way. I also love music for a similar reason. In jr high and high school I was already wandering all over the city basically people watching. I used to head off into center city on the EL and hit all the great record stores that were dotted around Market & Chestnut St. Yes. Vinyl rocks. There. I said it. Then there was South St before it became so commercial, as well as Penns Landing, Abbott Sq and New Market - which last I saw it was just a big hole in the ground. Sigh. Daivd Mann audio used to be there… Nakamichi Dragon cassette decks, Rotel, B&W, Bang & Olufsen, Tandberg reel to reel… talk about visuals!
Anyway, being a silent observer has always been part of who I am. Fits in rather nicely with photography.
While i was finishing school I worked at my dads transmission shop. Then on I went to the corporate world. I worked my way up but I was in the tech sector when it face planted. That was a time when you could buy Apple stock for $9 a share and they almost tanked forever. Before Steve Jobs came back and rocked the world.
So I moved on. I went to work with family doing contracting. It was a great change actually. I loved working with my hands again. And the skills were quite useful when my wife and I purchased our home. A 1924 Dutch Colonial that was in a shambles. We're still putting it back together! We frequently get out on weekends to rummage thru salvage shops for vintage house hardware.
When we went to China in 2009, my photography business was still in a fledging state. After 16 days overseas, thousands of miles, lots of pictures and run away emotion while rambling thru Beijing, Wuhan, and Guangzhou (& back to Beijing to fly back to Dulles) we came back to the states not as two, but as three. A new family. Bringing a 4yr old who doesn’t speak English home from a city 7500 miles away will have a serious impact on your life and who you are as a person.
At the time I was doing mainly weddings and events. Since then, like I mentioned on the family page of my site, family photography has come to mean something entirely different to me. I'll say it again here, I am inspired by the idea of documenting the profound joy and boundless energy of your children and your family. That I’m hopefully creating images that will become cherished pieces of your family history.
I still love doing events and have a passion for helping to create images with depth and richness no matter what the venue, and I have an insane passion for music photography as well. Get me around a stage with jazz artists and I'll remember to stop and eat when I'm too dizzy to stand anymore! Environmental portraits fall right into the mix nicely. I love meeting new people and creating images for them.
Final thoughts… That show, the Actors Studio with James Lipton, he asks his guests what other jobs or profession they would like to try... There are few other callings that resonate with me like photography... among them are Astronaut, F1 or GT series driver, and perhaps a surgeon. At one time I would have said pro baseball player. I was pretty good back in the day. But I've become disillusioned with many pro sports. Going into space and exploring other worlds is at the top of my list… Not sure I would paint my ship orange and name it the Milano though! Either way I would have a camera to document it all! Oh, and I would love to live on a farm with horses and run a rescue for dogs. And I would still look for the best places to set up the camera!