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I am a photographer, always have been. I took a detour from the end of high school until a few years ago because I thought it was necessary to go to college and join the business world. I still made photos, even though I was in school or "working." My career was in television, film, and advertising. It was 35 years of television commercials, systems engineering, and finally, a business of my own. It was a great ride; it really was. When I made the hard decision to close my business a few years ago, I felt like it was time to move onto the next "thing." Except working for someone else is hard to do after you've been the CEO, so to speak, and I didn't have the energy to start another business with all the associated headaches.
    After the obligatory mid-life crisis and nervous breakdown, I found a therapist. It wasn't my intent for therapy to help me find a career path; however, it did. One of the constants throughout my life has been framing a subject. I had been doing it as a kid with yard sale cameras bought with paper route money. In the early nineties, I had lugged a film camera all over the Middle-east and South-east Asia. And I had documented my growing family and our adventures from the late nineties onward. My son played a role in this too. He found a bunch of the photos I had made way back when and took the negatives to have them enlarged and re-printed. I asked, "why?" He was like, dad, these are awesome; you should publish these.
    Fast forward to now, several years later, I am a photographer.
    I have spent the last few years working on my craft and adding to my portfolio. It still feels like this is all new to me; there is always something to learn. My work product is getting better all the time. I have worked on several projects for non-profit groups, my favorite being
Casas de Luz. Customers are beginning to purchase prints from my website, which creates a wonderful sense of validation. I practice writing almost every day as an adjunct to my photos. After nearly three years of working on making photography my profession, it is slowly coming together.
    My goal here is to create photos that echo a place or emotion. Visual work that designers, homeowners, or anyone who wants to decorate a space, would choose to display. One of my specific goals is to work on commissions for particular projects to create special pieces to fulfill someone else's vision of a look and feel. That would be a lot of fun!
    After several failed attempts at finding a home on the internet, I settled on Art Store Fronts as a platform provider, which is designed specifically for photographers and painters. The beauty of this platform is that it allows me to create a site in a way that showcases my best work and also connects with the premium fulfillment service, Bay Photo Lab, which prints and, if required, mattes and frames the photographs, then ships them out. I edit my photos on a calibrated monitor for color accuracy. I create two versions of each photo, one TIFF and one JPEG. The JPEG is for social media and newsletters, and the TIFF is for the website and what the printer uses to create the final product. The TIFF files are large and cumbersome to manage, but with the expansive color space and high pixel per inch count, the results are worth the trouble. The finished product is a printed photo that is accurate and spectacular.
    If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please call or
email me. I welcome the inquiry, and while it's nice to land new projects, my days of desperation are over. I enjoy the creativity of photography and the challenges that come with the process. That is why I am a photographer.

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I chose to use Bay Photo for all of my printing and framing needs. They offer the highest quality inks and paper with the closest attention to detail and accept higher definition photo files than most of their competitors. It all adds up to the absolute best product you or I could want. I think you will agree when you see the quality of their work - it is the best!


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