I am attracted to Light.  Light is all a photographer ultimately has control over.

There is nothing special about me, I catch light in a box and use it to tell a story.

 

I love the art of photography.  I love the researching, the planning, the organization involved in a photo shoot.  Even more, I love the unexpected, the spontaneous,

the moments unplanned, surprising me as I capture a split second in time.  Whether it be a moment of emotion, of life, of nature, it is always a gift.

 

I am a photographer at heart, a portrait photographer by trade.  My style has been described as creative, fun, engaging and relaxed.  I specialize in portraits of Graduates, Children and Families.

I am a Certified Professional Photographer, a member of PPA and PPW and operate a full-time studio in Moses Lake, Washington, in the heart of the Columbia Basin.

 

The more decades I do this, the more I realize everything in photography comes down to one word: vision. Call it vision, imagination, or seeing; it all comes down to the same thing:

the ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye, and then to make it so with your tools at hand.  It's never been about the gear.  It's always been about seeing something,

knowing how you want it to look, and making it so.  Making it so is the easy part; seeing it in the first place is what makes a photographer.

 

It is an enjoyable challenge to balance the technical aspects of photography with the emotional and artistic components.  This is my trade and I study all I can as the industry evolves.

I attend in-depth courses, learning from the best of the best.  I attend classes and workshops, watch training videos and how-tos.  The internet is a vast source of information,

ideas and solutions, I am always researching new techniques, new equipment, the latest gadget.

 

Often, though, I prefer to sit down with a good old fashioned book or magazine, to spend time with mentors and fellow photographers, sharing experiences and

drawing inspiration from them.  My brightest inspiration though, comes to me through my own mentoring.  Meeting up and coming artists, helping them learn the trade,

seeing the light in their eyes, this is when I know I am where I belong, I know my path is well chosen.

 

My door is open, I would love to meet you, hear your story and tell it back.

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You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.