M. Photog. Cr. CPP
5 Time Photographer of the Year
2 Time Fuji Masterpiece Award
5 Time National An-Ne Award for Excellence in Photographic Marketing
I got interested in photography at the ripe age of 8. While standing in line at the grocery store with my mom, I spotted a calendar with beautiful images from hillside and seascape locales. I was amazed at the beauty of the scenery.
After begging for, and getting, the calendar, my grandmother presented me with a plastic 35mm camera, the type you get when you buy a case of mail-order makeup.By age 12, I was spending my summers riding my bike 6 miles from the family farm down into Horseshoe Canyon to shoot landscapes with my plastic camera. I spent my $5.00 weekly allowance money processing the film at the TG&Y in town. (the five and dime store, predesessing WalMart).
Later, I bought a Pentax manual focal MG, a Minolta manual focus, then to EOS Canon bodies and lenses, starting with an EOS Rebel, Rebel G, EOS Elan IIE, then graduated to the Bronica 645 medium format system. Although I still shoot medium format for some clients (I LOVE the UC film from Kodak), I shoot most work digitally now. I've owned/used the Olympus E10, Fuji S2 Pro, Canon D30's, D60's, 10D's, 20D's, 30D's, 40D's, 5D Mark II and 1Ds.
My new 2,200 square foot studio is open on Broadway in historic downtown Lubbock Texas.
I'm currently finishing up the requirments to become a Fully Affiliated PPA Photographic Juror, a grueling process that can take as long as 10 years. I should have all requirements complete by Spring 2013.
My only regret is that I lost contact with James Granger, a photojournalist with our local newspaper, and one of my first mentors. I used to hound him relentlessly for information, techniques, critiques. He moved away, just as I was thinking about starting up a photography business. I'll be forever indebted to him.
I once had an assistant who asked me "how long does it take to learn everything about photography"?. I laughed for awhile before answering, "you never learn it all".
Master Photographer / Photographic Craftsman / Certified Professional Photographer.
Fellow, Texas Professional Photographers Assoc. / Fellow, South Plains Professional Photographers Association.
Executive Council-Vice President, Texas Professional Photographers Assoc.
Webmaster for the Texas School of Professional Photography, the world's largest photographics school as well as the Southwest Professional Photographers Association.
Board Member, Professional Photographic Certificiation Commission.
Although I hold four photography degrees, I still study photography relentlessly. I've studied at the Texas School of Professional Photography at Texas A&M University 11 times, and I still study with the world's premier photographers, including Monte Zucker, Clay Blackmore, Bambi Cantrell, David Ziser, Ed Pierce, Gary Fong, David Thompkins, Frank Chriccio, Joseph and Louise Simone, Tony Corbell and the late Don Blair.
I truly love the classical style of William McIntosh, althought I've never had a chance to study with him.
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