I grew up surrounded by cameras, film, and developer. My father was a Photographer's Mate in the US Navy and eventually retired at the rank of Senior Chief (E-8) and went to do motion picture processing work for Alpha Cine Labs in Seattle, WA. Needles to say, I started shooting at a young age, starting with an old Kodak Brownie, then to Kodak Instamatics, then to a Kodak Disc Camera, up to a Pentax K1000, my first SLR. I learned about lighting, exposure, and composition from a very early age. When I later joined the service myself I learned how to make my own prints and enlargements in a shipboard darkroom. I also began doing video production work and computer graphics.
For a long time I dabbled in photography, mostly as I traveled around the world while in the service - capturing memories of the places I had been and people I had met. By the time I was 22 years old I had sailed the Seven Seas and circumnavigated North America, having survived traditional maritime initiations for crossing the International Date Line (Golden Dragon), Equator (Shellback), Arctic Circle (Polar Bear), and traveling to Antarctica (Penguin).
Back then though everything was captured on film and had to be converted to print for viewing and display. Because of this my photography was somewhat limited, and instead I pursued videography and computer designed special effects. Back in the 1990s you need specialized equipment and training to do special effects for video, so it was much more challenging than in today's era where Macs and PCs are frontloaded with software for editing and producing high quality video.
Over a decade ago though photography advanced into the digital age, and this enticed me to get back into still photography. In addition, the Internet Age was upon us, and as a researcher of Interactive Media and Marketing (I earned my an MS in Psychology and PhD in Marketing from Michigan), I was particularly keen to create video and still images for websites and such.
Most recently though I have been working in sports photography. I love being at venues hosting large sporting events, and have had the opportunity to shoot youth, high school, college, and professional sports for the past several years. This website represents a milestone where I am making the transition from being a serious amateur photographer to a freelance professional. Early this month I was accepted into the MaxPreps Photographer's Network, and just this past week I was fortunate to be paid to shoot the West Seattle Hardball Classic baseball tournament, so I decided to take the plunge and put some of my business experience and marketing research to good use. Through this blog I intend to chronicle some of this transition, in part to have a record of things that worked and things that didn't, but also perhaps to shed some light for others considering a similar move themselves. I know I have greatly benefited from the experience of others, so I intend to pass on some of what I have learned.