Photography piqued my interest at the age of 14 and has been a central part of my life since. I was mentored by a talented advertising photographer, Ralph Holland, who drove around in a silver Porsche, a pretty hip guy and so I thought, "You can make a living taking pictures? Cool, I'm in."

Other great photographers of the time - Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Ernst Haas, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Norman Seeff and of course Ansel Adams - motivate me to this day. In 1978, two weeks after graduating from the respected Randolph Technical Institute, now RCC, I had landed my first job as a newspaper photographer. I have been self-employed since 1984, working in the editorial and commercial/advertising arenas.

Although much has changed in the industry over the years, I still love it and have embraced the future while maintaining my roots of traditional photography. It seems the more difficult and challenging the assignment, the more rewarding the outcome, or sometimes it just makes for a good story.