I was born and raised in Ohio and lived near the shores of Lake Erie less than an hour's drive west of Cleveland. My youth was spent swimming in the lake and running around the forests near my grandparent's house. After high school, I studied fine art and majored in graphic design. Although I had always been curious about photography, my love of typography, grids and page layout prevailed and I moved to Chicago after graduation to start my career as a graphic designer.
I was a pretty good designer and was always interested in the latest developments in computer technology. I received a bootleg copy of Photoshop when it was still in BETA in late 1990 and I used that software to win $5000 in a poster design contest. From there, I became increasingly interested in working with digital images and started doing a lot of retouching and compositing using scanned images or royalty free stock cds.
Ultimately, I became the in-house creative director for a corporate media lab, made lot's of money, eventually moved to Switzerland and took a job as CD for an online design agency. After two years, I quit and started shooting with my first DSLR. Within a few months, I became the Photography Director and Lead Photographer of a Zurich-based travel and lifestyle magazine.
After that I won a lot of awards for my dance photography and then some really big companies hired me to take pictures of really expensive machinery and this took me around the world several times.
Now I have moved back to the USA (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and I am starting all over. I am looking forward to expanding my work with models and want to explore alternative fashion and lifestyle photography for editorial use. I am looking to collaborate with models, make-up artists, hair stylists, clothing designers, production assistants and anyone else interested in doing solid, creative and cutting edge work.