One of my favorite things to do as a child when visiting my grandparents would be to go through their photo albums & look at pictures. Even if I seen the album a dozen times, I'd still enjoy looking. My grandpa was a photo bug & that’s something that I'm proud to have inherited from him. It's something we both loved, taking photos & looking back on special moments captured.
I've always had a creative eye & a passion for art. In high school I majored in art & still continue to practice painting & drawing to this day.
I bought my 1st film camera when I was 22. I fell in love with it, but couldn't afford to go to school to learn more about photography or even develop my film after so many rolls collected. so photography was still just a hobby. I bought my 1st digital point and shoot camera in 2006 and I had a lot of fun with it, but once I got my hands on a DSLR in 2012 is when my interest for photography really developed into something more of an obsession. I found my passion. I started taking pictures of anything & everything, trying out different camera settings and I eventually invested in some better lenses, then some lighting & decided to invest in myself, to pursue my dream of being a photographer.
I've always wanted to be a photographer but never really had the confidence considering it's such a competitive field of work. After so many of my family & friends kept telling me that I should be a photographer, and after I got more & more requests to sell my prints, or take family photos, I decided I'll do it... because there is no better way to make some extra money than doing what I already love to do. I've sold many of my photos through websites such as fineartamerica.com & also personally through family members & friends. Recently I've had the opportunity to have some of my work published in the GSMNP Visitors Guide, Birds in Bloom Magazine, & LaSalle County Visitors Guide.
In my spare time when I'm not out hiking somewhere taking pictures, I like to read about photography, browse photography websites and try to learn as much as I possibly can & put it to practice.. I never had any formal education or training in photography. My knowledge on it is all self taught thanks to trial & error, the internet & magazines.