About Me

I’m based in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Archi­tec­ture, interiors, por­traits, and documentary work for editorial and commercial clients.

Click on Photography to see my stuff.  I also have work on Tumblr.

TEACHING
Professional Practices for Photographers; a business class at Pasadena City College.
I also conduct 2-hour to 2-day workshops on business for creative entrepreneurs, and 2-hour workshops on digital workflow and architectural photography.

Click on Teaching to find out more.

WRITING
Jour­nalism, blogs, and copy.

Recent projects include a feature profile of fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky in Photo Media Magazine.  I also interviewed 32 photographers as oral histories for the ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography.  Some of the people I spoke with are Spenser Lowell, Andrew Eccles, Grace Chon, Melissa Golden, Ethan Pines, Saverio Truglia, Lynn Goldsmith, Chase Jarvis, Claudia Kunin, and Dan Winters.  I’m currently one of the editors of the ASMP Strictly Business blog.

Click on Design for more.

DESIGN
While not my main gig, I keep my hand in, doing websites occasionally, and things on paper.

Click on Design for more.

AND
As a photographer and educator, my method and approach aims for the sweet spot where craft and aesthetics combine without a seam.

My career as an artist began at eight, destroying my parents’ property by cutting photos from magazines and gluing them into collages. As a teenager I learned to make my own photos and develop them on the floor of my bedroom with a makeshift darkroom I dismantled every night and rebuilt the next. As a grownup, I worked as a carpenter, contractor, and kitchen-and-bath designer until it became clear I should be doing what I love most, so here I am.

All my careers taught me to value collaboration and the importance of craft and furnished me with a strong back for hauling equipment around.

A few of my long-term obsessions: design, science, good writing, how things work, history, music, movies, and trying to understand what’s going on inside the mind of my Wheaten Terrier, Whiskey.

I’m sure he feels the same about me.

FINALLY
Not to be con­tro­ver­sial, I am also a strong pro­po­nent for the use of the Oxford comma and the judicious placement of semi-colons.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
ASMP – The American Society of Media Photographers (National Board Member 2011-2014, 2016- Present)
AIAP – Association of Independent Architectural Photographers
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association
SPE – Society of Photographic Educators

PRO BONO
The International Bateson Institute
Young Photographers Alliance
Architecture For Humanity
Los Angeles Conservancy
Pasadena Playhouse
South Coast Repertory Company
Physicians For A National Health Program