February 20, 2020

I’ve been told for years that in order to succeed as a photographer I MUST refine what I shoot. Narrow my focus and to specialize in a particular photographic genre. And I’ve listened. For years I’ve gone against my own instincts and listened to people who proclaim the...

January 6, 2020

I'm adding a new product line of Limited Edition, traditionally printed, silver gelatin pieces!

Here's video of one as I'm developing the exposed paper. Watch the image seemingly emerge from within the paper. 

You may be wondering why I've decided to go back to darkroom...

October 29, 2019

In September of 2017 I had an opportunity to photograph Horseshoe Bend, an iconic location that I had wanted to photograph properly since I saw ...

October 14, 2019

What is macro photography?

Macro photography is the act of photographing very small objects in a way that magnifies the subject to appear life sized or greater. The goal is to fill the dimensions of the film or digital sensor with the subject. 

Now that we know...

August 2, 2019

When in the field you're often faced with challenges. Most of these problems can be solved by redirecting the camera lens to another part of the scene or by looking more closely at an already chosen composition.

But what if the challenge isn't in front of the camera? Wh...

August 2, 2019

After speaking to many people at art shows and running my own survey, I've found that people prefer to buy a pre-framed piece over one that's matted. It also occurs to me that a great majority of people who buy prints, take a long time to frame them, if they...

July 14, 2019

The importance of giclee and knowing what your getting.

July 11, 2019

Creating value and delivering it to my clients.

June 23, 2019

The mid morning sun was glistening off the grass like you'd expect it to reflect off water.

June 21, 2019

For years I'd been trying to get some photos of the Grand Canyon in the snow. And in January of 2018 I had my chance! I heard about the winter storm warnings...

June 19, 2019

​I believe, as an artist, you need to have complete control over the entire creative process from start to finish. 

Some collaboration is ok and sometimes even necessary. For example, an author probably should have an editor and some artists get together with custo...

June 12, 2019

As some of you may know I jokingly state that I do everything because I have trust issues. While I do joke about it, it really isn't that far from the truth. At many times in my photographic career I've been let down by labs who have zero accountability. I think the st...

April 30, 2019

Balance. We all want it. Whether it be a balance between work and play, job and family.

Balance is incredibly important in living a full rich life.

It's never all about just what you or I want it's about what others want as well. You sacrifice some family time to work lo...

April 20, 2019

I have always been fascinated with clouds. The constant change creates a uniqueness that is as limitless as the imagination itself.

April 3, 2019

One of the most frequent questions that I'm asked when I'm selling my artwork at festivals is "are these enhanced or manipulated?"

There are so many people that shy away from answering the question of manipulating images. They seem to think that it's taboo or something....

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