Who am I and why should you work with me? I am originally from San Diego, California, but my parents moved to Waco in 1974, so we are almost native Texans! I have worked in several occupations and locations during my career, from a retail toy store asst. manager, working with my father in his cabinet business, to university libraries in Waco and Mississippi, and have met many different people. I am a graduate of Baylor University, and have a master's degree from UT Austin. Most of my career was spent working as a librarian.
In 2017, I chose to leave my position and follow my desire to apply myself fully to operating a photography business. In December of 2017 a severe health crisis struck one of my children and took up most of my attention in 2018, but I was doing what I needed to do. So, no, I have not been a professional photographer for a lifetime. But, I have been a photographer for many years longer than my business has existed.
I've learned photography through experience and education. There are many excellent online educational sites and I have spent a lot of time and money investing in my education. While some aspects of photography seem easy to learn, it is a profession where technology is constantly changing and education never ends. I am not a "jack of all trades" in photography. There are some genres that I do not specialize in, and I will (and have) referred potential clients to other photographers if I believe they would better fit a customer's needs. In the areas that I specialize in, I continue to work on my skills and in learning new methods to improve what I can offer my customers.
I'm a member of the Professional Photographers of America, and the Texas Professional Photographers Association, and have attended many workshops and other gatherings of photographers where I benefited from many excellent teachers.
I live with, and have the support of my wife Pat, who has helped and encouraged me. She is quite busy with her full time job as a nurse, but when she is able, she participates with me in working with clients. I value her advice and skills and we make a highly effective team.
Why should you work with me? I am mature and like to meet new people. I understand that with a client I have an opportunity to take the time to listen to and understand what they want, and achieve it. I prefer to sit down face to face and plan a photoshoot. Whether the client wants a professional headshot, a photo of her family in a scenic outdoors setting at sunset, a high school student's senior graduation photo session to create stylish images, or a realtor looking for attractive images of their client's home, I listen to my clients and together plan what will be done. In the end, the images should be a blend of client and photographer. There is more to it all, of course, from printed products, editing, digital files, but what I am trying to express is that I very seriously understand that having a friendly and respectful attitude is something that is worth a lot. I've seen the opposite, and I don't work with such a person twice. I hope you will consider contacting me to discuss working together.