I started in photography at the ripe old age of 18 doing discount photography in K-Marts and other department stores around the MidWest.  When you have an hour-long line of kids under 2 years old and their mothers, you begin to learn what is important and what isn't.  I realized pretty quickly that there was more to it than just running people through a line and taking their photograph. Needless to say, I looked for something else. I found it. I joined the Navy.

 

When I got out of the Navy, I still found that I loved photography and found a job as a portrait photographer with Olan Mills Portrait Studios. I loved this job. No lines! Well, that's not exactly true, but the line wasn't right next to where I was taking pictures and it was so much better. I also learned salesmanship at Olan Mills. Typically someone would come in for a free 8x10 that they had a coupon for and I would go through my standard set of portraits. Sometimes I got really lucky with a sitting. For instance, one time I had a mother bring a 3-day old baby in to have their picture taken. I knew that there wasn't much that I could do with what I was given at Olan Mills, but miracle of miracles, I got the baby to smile. Ok, maybe it was gas, but it was still a smile. I made a big deal out of it and eventually the mother ended up buying over $200 in pictures.

 

I found a job shortly after this working with Enzor Studios and I had my first foray into weddings. I assisted at a number of weddings before they thought I was ready to go at it alone. I loved the medium format Mamiyas that I used, and of course, they were film cameras at the time. My freezer was stuffed with rolls of 220 color film that I used to photograph weddings. I did that for several years and loved it. Unfortunately, they went out of business and I became an unemployed photographer.

 

My interest in computers developed out of my love for photography.  While I was working for Enzor studios they started developing something called a "digital back" for my beloved Mamiya RB-67 that I used for weddings.  Because I had studied programming right out of the Navy, I eventually got a job as a COBOL programmer (go figure).   Long story short, I still loved photography and would take photos as often as I could. I spent the next 30 years doing this.

 

Years of practice have provided me with a patient and prepared eye that enables me to recognize and capture images as you would remember them if only you could seize that perfect instant.  I am good at putting people at ease and pride myself on being able to provide my clients with a variety of images that are timeless, elegant, spontaneous and fresh.

 

At times during a photo shoot, I work as a photojournalist recording life as it unfolds, but most of my portraits are a collaboration between the artist and the person being photographed. I always have fun during a photo shoot and even the most reluctant models tell me that they had fun, too.

 

My work is done on location at your home or at a site of your choosing. When you book a session, we will discuss possible locations. The majority of my portraits incorporate elements of the environment and are shot using available light. I do have portable backgrounds that I bring with me for more formal portraits, head shots and for anyone who prefers the studio. If you choose, I can create a studio atmosphere in your home or office.

 

I am available to guide you every step of the way. From questions about clothing to finding your best angle to choosing the best images, I am here to help you.

 

Organizations I belong to:

  • PPA - Professional Photographers of America - ID #8327862
  • Professional Photographer's Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Model Alliance
  • Missouri Professional Photographers Association - ID# 30677496
  • American Photography Association
  • Kansas City TFP (Meetup Group), Organizer

Certifications:

  • Currently working on my CPP certification (as of 5/16)