My Story...So Far
I was lucky to find my real passion in life at an early age. I was 16 when I got serious about photography. My dad worked for Tennessee Eastman (as in Eastman KODAK) in Kingsport, TN. They had a wonderful camera club for employees' families with state-of-the-art darkrooms and studios. I spent much of my high school years in the darkroom and it changed my life forever.
I went off to The University of Tennessee (UT) as a freshman in 1974 with a stack of 16x20 prints under my arm. By my junior year, I was hired as the Chief Photographer for UT Student Publications. For the next 2 years, I managed a staff of 6-8 student photographers and we produced a daily newspaper, The Daily Beacon, 5 days a week with a circulation of 20,000 copies daily. Again, I was living in the darkroom. After UT, I worked in the related fields of graphics, pre-press work and printing. I continued to shoot every day.
After 30 years in the corporate world, my job was out-sourced overseas and I had the opportunity to go back to school at one of the best photography schools on the east coast, Randolph Community College (RCC) in Asheboro, NC. It was a 2 year program and one of the most challenging and absolute best experiences of my life. I graduated from RCC in 2013 with a degree in Photographic Technology.
Today, I teach digital photography and darkroom skills at The Sawtooth School of Visual Art in Winston Salem, NC. My lifetime in the darkroom combined with my printing career have supported my love for black and white portrait photography. After all these years, it's what I do best. I live in Greensboro, NC with my inspiration and wife of 37 years, Susie. We have 2 kids, Jackson - a musician and Katie - a teacher.
I am available for on location or studio portraits, band photography and corporate events.