I didn't set-out to be a photographer. I studied Journalism and tinkered with some art classes in college. I later took a train to NYC and fought for a publishing internship at Aperture, and after several months was given a job where I was answering phone calls from masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson; arranging lunches with visionaries like Sebastiao Salgado, and working on projects with artists like Sally Mann. I was also doing fundraising; and managing the exhibitions program. This became my graduate degree in photography, and I was hooked.

I later worked for a still photo archive, which was eventually acquired by Getty Images. I was a photo researcher, photo editor, and art director. I had the good fortune to edit the archives of photographers like Eric Meola and Stephanie Rausser. I've art directed Stephen Wilkes.  I've also art directed & collaborated and became close friends with some outstanding photographers for several years in Brazil (Andre Andrade, Beto Hacker, Felipe Hellmeister, Rodrigo Ribeiro, Luis Crispino. Google them. They're all incredibly talented.) This was my PhD.

And I was simultaneously shooting my own work. I continue to art direct, on occasion, but now I'm mostly a photographer living in the Traverse City area of Northern Michigan. I'm inspired to shoot expressive studio minimalist portraits, finding the personality fundamentals of the subject. I also enjoy being spontaneous on on-location portrait & lifestyle shoots, responding to the light, architecture, trees, water, and lifting the ideas into something special.  This method also works very well for weddings.

So give me a call.  Let's shoot something.


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