I’m rather convinced nobody actually reads these things. It’s a shame because it’s honestly the hardest part of the website to construct.
You see, as much as I want you to connect to my story, you know the proverbial rise from one-hour photo lab nerd to successful photographer, it’s really not what’s important.
I have read enough of these to know that more than half of them start with “when I turned 12 I got a camera and it changed my life." Everything that follows is usually self-loathing and puffed up by ego. I will spare you.
Consider this my baker’s dozen:
I married up, WAY UP.
My kids keep me humble. Nothing impresses.
Training for ministry. Loving the unlovable.
Every meal should be cooked on a grill.
I am a Gator. Chomp chomp.
Author a tech column. Yes, it's published.
Got first camera at 13. True story.
Teach college students. Hint- chomp chomp.
Newspaper guy. Lousy career. Best job ever.
Been "trained" to like pedicures.
Love to cook. Hate to do dishes.
Despise the word “pic," cheapens everything.
What's left? Plenty. That is what Google's for though right? Last check had my name running about 15 pages. Hate for all that to be end of the story though.
I rarely get caught up in trendy styles that come and go or fancy Photoshop tricks. Why? Because timeless images that evoke emotion today will also evoke emotion when your kids experience them as well as your grandchildren.
A recent car buying experience taught me a valuable lesson. I was initially drawn to cars that looked good or had popular features but the test-drives left me with the same empty feeling, most cars lack soul. For me, driving is an experience and only a handful of vehicles are created to accentuate this ultimate experience. Those are the ones that truly capture my heart.
Well it’s no coincidence that photography is the same way. I was trained for more than a decade to take trendy wedding photography and while the results were pretty and often popular, ultimately they were soulless. With time, trendiness becomes contrite and ultimately flat.
Anybody who has spent time looking at my body of work usually remarks at how unique it is. That’s the power of photojournalism. Soulful moments come from the inside out, which contradicts a culture that obsesses on appearance. Soulful moments actually become stronger in time because truth is powerful and historic.
This is the source of my passion. It is a journey and a blessing and admittedly a thrill ride. I take each assignment with a childlike sense of wonder and hunt each moment as if it’s the defining one of my career.
It’s an honor to be trusted with yours.