I have a beautiful wife, four children and two grandchildren. I’ve served my country as a helicopter mechanic and crewchief on flight status in the U.S. Army on active duty, and later in the Oregon Army National Guard, I am also a veteran of the first Gulf War. I love learning about photography and love to be outdoors with my camera. I am also a sci-fi and computer/gaming geek, and love military history and practically anything to do with aviation and airplanes!
My interest in photography dates back to my childhood, and as a teenager during the 80's Heavy Metal music scene I helped a high school friend photograph concerts and events with metal bands of the era. As a young adult in the U.S. Army, I had to retreat some from film photography due to the costs of developing and raising a young family, but in the late 90's I rekindled my passion for photography with digital point and shoot cameras.
One of my childhood interests has always been aviation, and the love of flying. In 2009, a friend let me borrow a DSLR for a trip to an air show. I had always hoped to one day be able to break the bonds of a point and shoot and reach out and capture those beautiful aircraft up close. I did just that and the photos I took brought tears to my eyes with joy, which led to my first Nikon DSLR purchase. My story continues from there with that passion growing very serious in 2010.
I’m active member of the Oregon Coast Photographer's Association or "OCPA", and have served on the board of directors and has performed the duties of Secretary and President. Being in a social camera club like the OCPA has been a wonderful experience for, and I recommend every photographer find a group or club to get involved with. The collective experience of the group is an invaluable tool and wealth of knowledge for any photographer to learn from.
My photography has been published in Landscape Photography Magazine and has won numerous awards, ribbons and mentions within the OCPA Camera Club, Coos County Fair, Columbia Council of Camera Clubs, and the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest. I have also had my work on display at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, The Pony Village Mall in North Bend, Oregon, and several businesses around the local bay area.
Living in the Pacific Northwest and on the Oregon Coast is a true blessing for any photographer. It affords an almost endless variety of shooting locations and subject matter. I enjoy my surroundings and I love to get outdoors and explore new locations as well as revisit old familiar ones. I can often be seen out with fellow photographers during my free time with camera in hand, I would love for you to say hi if you see me out and about.