My Photographic Mission
Like many, I was gifted a camera as a child and the permanence of a frozen reality intrigued me from a young age. I often explored antique stores with my Grandmother and soon discovered the beauty of cabinet cards and tintypes. Though we may never know who some of these people were, their images still tell a story centuries later.
As a photographic artist, I feel a responsibility to provide high quality creative imagery from capture to display. As a 'professional' photographer, my mission is to encourage a return to what is becoming a lost art: the need to print and display the tangible.
Although I greatly enjoy the quick simplicity of iPhoneography, the increased availability of mobile devices has quickly resulted in clients preferring digital files with a print release. Many of these clients never print their images and they soon become digital shadows, lost and forgotten. What will happen to their images when technology changes the ability to view content such as with the floppy disk? Printing images is the best way to ensure their protection and enjoy them during our short lives. Of course, natural disasters happen, so I always provide online archival to clients at no extra cost and digitals can still be purchased if so desired.
Being self-taught, I find it limits my creative flow to restrict myself to one genre, so I enjoy the flexibility of photographing a wide variety of subjects. The creative challenge inspires me to continually strive towards visual perfection. I am often far too hard on myself and like most artists, I strive to balance the need to create what satisfies my soul with what will interest the viewer. I value collaborating with my clients rather than taking full control. By working together, we can create something magical.
Websites, A Late Night Obsession
I was still just a child when I was gifted an outdated computer that required learning command codes called 'Basic. In a dusty cardboard box were huge floppy disks containing games and programs. I found the entire process fascinating and was forever hooked on technology. As a teen, I was gifted an upgrade: a Dell desktop on Windows '95. Most of my free time after school was learning all I could about how to use it. When I was allowed access to the internet, a whole new world opened up for me. Unlimited potential to learn and create. I discovered the magic of CSS and HTML, I was instantly hooked on coding and customization. I eventually discovered anyone could have their own website, not just big companies. I built my first website on the Yahoo! Geocities platform (enjoy a good laugh), later designing websites on different platforms, searching for the one with the most freedom for creativity. I've built many websites for myself and have always been my own website designer. Currently, my website(s) is/are hosted exclusively using Squarespace and SmugMug. I truly enjoy this late night obsession, so am always willing to assist others any way I can regardless of platform.