About

I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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

Click on Photography to see my work; more on Tumblr and Instagram.

TEACHING
I originated a business class at Pasadena City College: Professional Practices for Photographers, and now conduct workshops on business for creative entrepreneurs, along with workshops on digital workflow and architectural photography.

Click on Teaching to find out more.

WRITING
Features and profiles, blog posts, segments for a show on HGTV (Homes Across America), and a piece of radio reportage for Marketplace that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition. Writing for radio just that one time intensified my respect for compression in writing.

Other projects include a 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, (3 chapters and 21,000 words), including 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 and writers on the ASMP website and Strictly Business blog.

Other features include pieces on a resuscitated Victorian house, the biologist Ken Norris, and children’s protective services.  Clips available upon request.

AND
I’ve always been fascinated by how people create and how things work. I started making pictures in my teens and never stopped. Career paths are rarely linear, and before I turned into a professional photographer and educator, I was a contractor and kitchen designer.

Experience taught me to value collaboration, respect craft, to give back, revel in the pleasure in producing things, to aim for clarity, and, without getting too precious about it, beauty of some kind. Everything I do aims for the sweet spot where craft and design and purpose combine without a seam.

Before he passed at nearly 16 – a ripe old age for any dog – I used to spend a lot of time trying to understand what went on inside the mind of my Wheaten Terrier, Whiskey.

I’m sure he felt the same about me.

FINALLY
Not to be con­tro­ver­sial, I am also a strong pro­po­nent for the use of the Oxford Comma.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
ASMP – The American Society of Media Photographers (National Board Member 2011-2014, 2016-2019)
AIAP – Association of Independent Architectural Photographers
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association
PEN America
SPE – Society of Photographic Educators

PRO BONO
The Bateson Idea Group
Young Photographers Alliance
Los Angeles Conservancy
Pasadena Playhouse
San Francisco Heritage
Physicians For A National Health Program