Welcome, Readers!

Hello and thanks for stopping in. I'm lousy at official introductions, so please allow me to start with a quick background before explaining more about the blog...

For as long as I can remember, I've been enamored with photography. At a very young age I would often drag out my mother's albums and study the photos for what seems like hours. Back then, it had nothing to do with a dream of becoming a photographer. It was all about absorbing the expressions, the light, and the stories those photographs told.

Not much has changed. I'm still infatuated with stories. Late in 2009, I bought my first DSLR camera and a kit lens with the sole intention of better documenting the lives of my children. This led me, like so many others, to a somewhat obsessive pursuit of learning more about photography. Soon I found myself shooting all kinds of stuff in addition to my kids. Flowers, sunsets, food, colors, textures... you name it. I had the bug.

The first frame I ever shot with my Nikon D90... my daughter. This was just moments after unboxing, and I still love this image even though I didn't quite have her in focus and had no idea what i was doing. :)

The first frame I ever shot with my Nikon D90... my daughter. This was just moments after unboxing, and I still love this image even though I didn't quite have her in focus and had no idea what i was doing. :)

About this Journal

Six years later, I still love learning about and practicing the art of photography, but I've always been reserved about showing my work or voicing my opinions. Being a wallflower is not very conducive to creativity and growth however, so it's time I jump into the fray by sharing my perspective on this amazing craft. Should you decide to stick with me here, you may see entries on the following:

  • Musings on creativity, productivity and shooting with patience and intention.
  • Personal projects... things I learn, mistakes I make, kooky ideas.
  • Techniques on how I edit and/or post-process my work.
  • Simple tips on making better images.
  • Stories about people or events that inspire me.
  • Opinion pieces on photography books I've read, gear I've used, resources of note.
  • Behind-the-scenes stuff, daily life, photo walks, and whatever else takes my fancy.

Occasionally I may post only an image, just for fun. At some point I may even feature other photographers or artists whose work I admire... Maybe share some link love, who knows?

Intents and Purposes

My goal here is to accomplish three things:

  • To chronicle my photographic journey
  • To connect with other photographers (vocational or hobbyist, local or across the globe) 
  • To get the word out to potential clients about who I am and how I work

In truth I'm still trying to discover what I want to specialize in, so perhaps this journal can also serve as a guide in that process. I lean strongly toward family portrait and lifestyle photography, though I'm fascinated with the idea of conceptual or fine art portrait photography as well. I still have much to learn and my path is not exactly clear yet, but I'm excited about the possibilities ahead!

Second frame... my son. Both this image and the one above were shot in JPG format because I didn't know any better at the time.

Second frame... my son. Both this image and the one above were shot in JPG format because I didn't know any better at the time.

Staying in Touch

To keep an eye out for new posts, grab the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter. I'm also on Google+ and Instagram. You can learn more about me on my (wait for it...) About page. If there's something you'd like to discuss privately, or if you're interested in booking a session, drop me a line any time.

Comment Guidelines

I'll keep this short and sweet (or sassy, depending on your outlook). Some posts may be closed to commentary. For those left open, I welcome you to join to the conversation! Just keep it civil. I do moderate, so abusive or slanderous comments will not be tolerated, nor will spam of any kind. Finally, please do not comment anonymously. I'm interested in building friendships and/or collaborative working relationships with real, like-minded people. If that's you, let's dish!