I've trained with the best in the industry: Kevin Kubota, recognized as one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the world; Eddie Tapp, an award-winning photographer, lecturer, consultant and author on digital imaging issues; Judy Host, an award-winning photographer recognized as one of "Today's Top Children's Photographers; Lou Freeman, a nationally-recognized fashion photographer; Michael Gilbert, an internationally-recognized photographer and trainer; Eli Reed, an award-winning photojournalist and Nobel Prize runner-up; and Randy Hufford, a Master Photographer and Digital Printmaster. It's been a privilege to receive personal, hands-on training from these world-class photographers, and I continually work to refine my skills and techniques in order to provide you the best images possible.
I've had a passion for capturing images and preserving memories since I was about 8 years old growing up in Kansas. (I still have my very first scrapbook I made when I was 7 or 8.) In this photo, I'm about 15 years old and trying to get my dog, Buddy, to pose for a pic. I started studying photography during high school (I learned to process my own photos in a darkroom and was the newspaper and yearbook editor). I continued to take photographs to document my college years, my military career and of course, my family.
After I retired from the military, I taught photo organization and preservation for several years. In 2007 I decided to actively pursue my passion behind the camera. My training has included intern work with a professional studio and ongoing workshops/mentoring with world-class wedding, portrait, and landscape photographers.