Sep 06, 2015

I’m very happy to announce the launch of my official blog! It’s been a very long time since I began my journey into the vast world of photography. My beginning started very humbly when my father-in-law, Cory Carter took me under his wing shortly after I graduated high school. At the time I was working for a 3 man construction company doing small additions to houses (mostly roofing repairs in the heat of mid Florida summer days) and he showed me how I could work as an independent contractor with minimal gear shooting virtual tours for his company.

I made the decision to give it a try, partly because the potential for increased earnings and also because, well, anything I could do at the time sounded better than being on a roof covered in tar paper at 1 pm in the afternoon! I spent the next couple of years learning everything there was to know about my Canon 20d and 11-22 lens. I bought about 100 photography “how to books” and analyzed every picture I could from local real estate, architectural and interior design magazines. I knew early on what I wanted to accomplish with my camera but I just wasn’t quite sure how to do it.

This was a time of much learning for me. I honed my compositional skills and quickly mastered the ability to gauge and meter natural light within the camera. It wasn’t until I began experimenting with off camera lighting that I truly began to see massive improvements in both the quality of my work and my creative capabilities. For the next 5 years, and to this day I have worked towards understanding and experimenting with a range of photographic lighting and how to utilize a variety of light sources to produce amazing images. I have come to the understanding that the ability to not only use, but in some cases create the lighting required for a scene takes a lifetime to master. It becomes less about simply using the most expensive tools and more about gaining the ability to walk into a space seeing the many different ways in which a scene can be constructed, picking the best one and fine tuning it through the camera.

As I continue to grow as a photographer so too does my knowledge and ability to produce outstanding work. I have come a long way from when I picked up my first camera but still to this day I will find myself returning to some of my favorite locations to approach “old” scenes with a “new” vision. I very much enjoy the adventure and creativity that photography continuously provides both in my career and in my life and I couldn’t be more excited as to where the next 8 years will take me!