I am essentially self-taught, a slow way to learn any craft, but it was the only path I had. I did workshops with a couple of master photographers. The one who most influenced my work, and the direction of my career was Jay Maisel. It was after his workshop In 1982 that I moved to an artists' enclave on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, D.C. and started my transition from portraiture to advertising and editorial photography. I did editorial portraits of political heavy weights during the Reagan administration; Libby Dole, Ed Meese, Robert Bork, Ralph Nader and others.
On the flip side of the spectrum were my portraits of jazz and blues icons Joe Williams, Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, B.B. King and more. My work got more diverse, shooting everything from exploding soda bottles to a stunt pilot doing barrel rolls over treetops in Pennsylvania. For the past several years my assignments have been architectural, travel, and aerial photography.
Now I am concentrating on three areas, personal projects like my book "Washington, D.C. Home Again," selling my framed prints and mentoring other photographers. This blog is a way to connect to those goals.