Las Vegas, NV, USA
I started shooting pictures for publication when I was on the yearbook staff in junior high school. Yet my formal career began on the last day of an around-the-world voyage - I remember it well. It was December 17, 1981… I was admiring the sunrise over the horizon as the ship was coming into Port Everglades in Florida. I thought to myself, “ I’m going to be a photographer.”
My photo instructor on board inspired that profound moment. He didn’t tell students how to shoot, he lead by example. His composition, use of colors, and each moment captured, were an explosion for the visual senses. I was young, impressionable and relatively inexperienced with a camera, but from that point on in my life, it was all I ever wanted.
I enrolled at Moorpark Community College and found myself working with a wonderful department and more inspirational professors that provided additional visions and technical perspectives. I went on to California State University at Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism.
I freelanced for many publications in the Los Angeles area, including the Long Beach Press Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles Times. It was a marvelous time in LA but the smaller community paper is what I had my sights on. I landed at the Boca Raton News and worked my way up the ranks to photo editor.
I have traveled the country and the world, photographing people, places, and history-making events. In my mind, no assignment was ever too big or too small.
Today in Las Vegas, I freelance at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and contribute regularly to Getty Images, Associated Press, Reuters, and other publications and wire services.
To paraphrase my first photo instructor, who was so influential in my humble beginnings, “Photography is not a ‘job’ - it is fun, it is inspiring, it is life affirming, but above and beyond all this, it is a privilege.”
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