I was born in Prineville, Or. back in 1967. During my school years, I lived in several states that were spread across the US. This provided me the opportunity to get a vast amount of artistic/creative exposure through the various schools I attended. In addition to taking all the basic "art" classes, I was able to dabble in screen printing, jewelry design and casting, glass etching, pottery and sculpture and, of course, photography.
Fast forward to 1984.
I was surprised to receive the gift of a new Canon AE-1 Program 35mm-SLR for my birthday, from my father - who's camera I'd been using to further my budding photographic skills. My camera came with two lenses (the stock 50mm and a 110mm), a really cheap flash and a gray camera bag. I was off and snapping.
After my initial bliss wore of, it didn't take long for me to realize (like any photographer that has ever shot film discovers) a huge drawback in my new-found hobby - it was bloody expensive! Buy film. Develop. Check the prints (usually doubles). Throw away all but 3 - one of those you only kinda' like. Repeat. Ca-Ching! The amount of rolls I shot rapidly diminished as the reality of 'I can't afford this' sunk deeper in to my disappointed heart. Needless to say, only a year later, the camera was only being used for special occasions or when I felt I could afford to splurge and shot a roll or two. In a word - disappointing.
Fast forward to 2000. The digital revolution was upon me.
I, as I'm sure thousands of other brokenhearted film-shooters felt, had been given a new opportunity to pick up the deflated part of our once grand ambition to be a famous photographer, with this new found medium. Then reality hits ... again. This new freedom from film, developing and prints was more expensive then it's predecessor - or at least initially. Now that I didn't have to worry about ever handing over hard earned money for bad shots, I had to pay for two years worth of 'film-goods' just on the body alone - and I didn't even have shutter or aperture priority. Akkk! In another word - exasperating.
Needless to say, I succumb to the future of things to come, and $800 later, I have a 3.3MP Ricoh RDC-7 packed with all the features I never wanted and none of the ones I do. Why this camera, and not a better one you ask? Well, because the digital version of the time tested 35mm I wanted, was way in the 'sell your car and most of your stuff' price range. Let's see - food, shelter, clothing, car insurance, food, gasoline and food vs. 35mm frame digital camera. Hmmmm.
Okay, were almost there.
In 2004, I pony'd up the bigger bucks on a camera that would do all the things my AE-1 did but with all the freedom of my RDC-7 - a 6.3MP Canon 10D. Of course, little did I know that the 20D was just around the corner making this one a relic ... but I digress. So why did I choose then to get the 10D? Four reasons. Wife, daughter and son ... and son again. That was four most important reasons I could have had - and also the best.
Most recently, I was the product and ad photographer, as well as the web designer at House Of Antique Hardware in Portland, Or. I've had photos published in the New York Times, Mid South Magazine, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Woman's Day Budget Decorating Ideas, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens - Remodel and many others.