This page is devoted to the work of one photographer, but it really is about “us”.
Model photography is a team sport. At a minimum the team on a shoot is me and the model, but there often will be several other professionals involved: makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists and assistants are all common. And we may be working together for a common goal such as a magazine submission, where the editor gets a say in what we do also.
So what you see is a collaborative effort: my rendition of the ideas and skills of many others. They may not always be credited here, but their contributions are invaluable.
This whole photography thing that has dominated so much of my life was never something I set out to do. I had other plans, other life journeys to travel with no intention of being a photographer. But as so often happens, events came together in unexpected ways.
I had been in the Air Force, stationed overseas in a place with cheap prices for gadgets in the military store, and very little else in the area to spend money on. So I bought a good SLR camera and some lenses, with no idea what I wanted to do with them.
A year later the use became clear. My new wife wanted pretty pictures done of her, and wanted me to take them. I didn’t know how to do that, but had two great advantages: a good “starter kit” of photo equipment, and the fact that neither of us had any idea what a “good picture” looked like. So we shot and declared it good. Well, pretty good. Maybe we could make it a little better with some lights, and a better backdrop? Or another lens?
In retrospect, those first pictures were awful. But not knowing that had been a boon, and in time we began to learn what quality photos looked like, and I learned how to produce them. By the time of my divorce I had begun a career as a commercial and sports photographer, and in short order had hundreds of publications to my credit.
Eventually I took over a New York City modeling agency, where, unsurprisingly, I specialized in modeling and fashion photography as a free service to my models. For the last ten years I have been retired in Las Vegas, and now shoot happily as an amateur, doing whatever pleases me. I no longer charge for what I do, nor sell photos. I am a photographer simply because I love what I do and working with the people I do it with.