In the beginning...

July 31, 2015

I started making pictures when I was in junior high school, doing candids and sports for the year book.  As a sophomore in high school, I was lucky to have one of those rare teachers who really wanted to help individual students learn.  Meet Bronda Thule.  For the next three years, Bronda taught me BrondaBronda Thule composition, light, and darkroom skills as I supported the school newspaper, yearbook, and Photography Club.  I also started my own business (Photography Unlimited) as a semi-pro photographer doing weddings and oddly, rock bands.  I wish I had understood the depth of Bronda's teaching back then, but it wasn't until I was much older that I realized she made Ansel Adams, Rembrandt, da Vinchi and many other artists "real" to us on a level we could absorb. I learned to see light instead of just subjects and to really compose instead of clicking the shutter.  Who knew?

I joined the Army right after high school.  During my career I was fortunate to be sent all over the world and I usually took a camera.  Some of the images here come from those years and as I made those pictures, Bronda's voice was always in my head telling me where I had missed the best shot!

When my service ended, I again started a photography business, shooting events, weddings, and my passion...landscapes.  I brought the lessons learned from hours in the darkroom to the digital workspace which evolves even as you read this.  Although shooting weddings allowed me to capture some of life's most emotional moments, the pace and style of today's wedding photography is not how I want to make pictures.  Realizing that my style of "contemplative" images wasn't going to last, I let the events go.  Today, I focus on the landscapes and nature photography you see here, along with some graphics work and media production.  

My beautiful wife Lori and I live with our two obnoxious Akitas in northern Nevada and enjoy traveling when ever we can.  I, of course, spend much of that time making pictures and being grateful for Bronda's presence in my images.


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