I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. My father served in the Air Force (and achieved the rank of Major General!), so we moved every couple of years, until I left for college in Texas. With each new home, I had to make a new group of friends, and that experience helps me still as I meet and work with new people every day. I received my B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, and took a job as an engineer in Detroit, Michigan.
I moved to Dallas, Texas, to be closer to family, and partnered in Big Hand Productions. I helped build it into an award-winning interactive media company, with clients like Philips, Cadillac, and Dow Jones. Success there led to more interactive media work as the first Producer/Director at 7th Level in Los Angeles, California. Among my projects there, I worked with legendary animator Bill Plympton, adapting his animation to new media, as well as designing games with his work.
After that, I took some time to travel, starting with an amazing ten days in Costa Rica. Next, a trip to visit a friend for two weeks in Prague evolved into four months exploring Eastern Europe. Armed with a little point-and-shoot film camera, this was my first foray into photography. I enjoyed exploring each city, and seemed to have an eye for light and composition. When I returned to the states, my creative friends saw the pictures and said, “You should be a photographer!”
I took a few classes at UCLA, met some photographers, and did a lot of shooting. One day, an actor friend asked if I would shoot her new headshots, and that was the beginning of a big part of my business. I was quickly considered one of the top headshot photographers in Los Angeles, and have been working with performers ever since, along with authors, executives, and entrepreneurs. I have also done extensive work in architectural photography, and have had a number of exhibits of my fine art photography.