I grew up taking photos, but not really thinking about what I was doing. We had a Polaroid, then I got one of those Kodak basic film cameras with the flash cubes
. For my 13th birthday, I got one of those horrid little cameras with the drop-in film. I got pictures back in an hour but it just wasn't that exciting.
Then, about to graduate college with a Journalism degree, I thought it might be handy to know how to take real pictures. My mom mailed me the old Pentax SLR she had in a closet and I signed up for a semester of basic black-and-white photography. I learned about composition (and realized I had a good eye for it already), light, all those funky settings, and how to actually process and develop my own prints using chemicals and an enlarger. Now this was fun! I signed up for a second semester - color this time. All new chemicals and processes to learn! The spark was lit.
When digital came around the spark became flame and I quickly amassed as much equipment as I could afford
. I began to travel more, and photograph more. But I still didn't have much focus. I had some good images, but few stories. I went to the fabulous Photography at the Summit workshop
, mostly because my idol Thomas Mangelsen
was one of the instructors. The faculty was full of National Geographic photographers who gave us their time, expertise and sometimes brutal critiques. I learned more in a week than I had in all my years of taking photographs, and I began to MAKE photographs.
I still travel extensively, and my favorite subjects are the wildlife in our national parks
and the unexpected things we see when visiting somewhere new
. I have begun to focus more on things closer to home and plan take more advantage of Utah's beautiful places, incredible wildlife and interesting people. I hope you enjoy what you see. Please leave comments or drop me a note. I'd love to hear from you!