About Me

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In 2008, I celebrated my 30th year as a photographer.  This event sort of snuck up on me as it really doesn’t seem like it has been that long.

My journey with photography started in more or less what is the usual way, although maybe later than most.  But what I thought would be a hobby quickly became an obsession.  Soon, I was shooting large format black and white photography, had my own darkroom and had my work represented in a gallery.  Along the way, I had the opportunity to study with, among others, Richard Misrach, Linda Connor, Frank Gohlke, John Sexton and Ansel Adams, who I was to assist the year he died.  I was honored with the inclusion in several Museum shows, including a one person exhibition.  But I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do, I wanted to photograph full time.

So, in 1990, I left the corporate world behind and opened my studio in Portland, Oregon.  It was a bit of a crazy new world (I actually started shooting color again!), but I adapted quickly and loved my new freedom to just photograph–and market like crazy.  Within a short time I did my first “national” jobs shooting early ads for the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas for an agency in LA and for Nike and ESPN with Wieden and Kennedy.  Since then I have had the fortune to work with some of the greatest people in the business and for their clients like: Amtrak, Adidas, Braun, Pacific Bell, Eaton Corporation, Weston Hotels, Seagate, Zürich Financial, Miller Brewing, the Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, MacWorld and Teen People among others. My work has won several awards and been recognized in the One Show, Graphis Design, Communication Arts, Print, PDN and many others.

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