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About My Photography
I love spicy food and hoppy beer. I think live music can be pure ecstasy... or pure agony. I've heard both. I'm from Pueblo, CO. My first car was a 1966 Dodge Dart. My golf score and my bowling score are usually very similar. I've got a degree in Physical Science and minors in Math, Geology and Religious Studies. I played the saxophone for 12 years. I was in a band in college, recorded 2 albums and opened for some national acts. I was pretty much a rockstar. I collect vintage fountain pens and inks (I even wrote a book about vintage inks). Considering the fact that I collect writing instruments, my handwriting isn't that great.
I've been married to my wonderful, beautiful, smart, funny wife, Belinda, since June 2001. We are high school sweethearts. We dated for a few days in the 8th grade, but I was so shy after I asked her out I wouldn't talk to her, so she dumped me. Fortunately we started dating again our senior year. The rest is history...
In college I wanted to be a photographer. At the time, though, I was deep in my Eastern Religious Studies classes and talked myself out of it for metaphysical reasons. The thought process went something like this: "Is a life that is defined by viewing subjects through a viewfinder and a lens really a life at all? That's not reality. Isn't it better to view life directly, head on? Furthermore, what is the purpose of capturing fleeting, impermanent moments on film? Photographs force you into the past when you should be living your life in the present." Seriously. For a while I even considered giving away my cameras and getting rid of all of my photos.
In the end, I didn't give away my camera. I didn't throw away my photos. I kept taking pictures. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon...
I consider my photography to be warm, fresh and honest. I love working with natural light, but I'm just as comfortable in a studio setting. Portraits are my passion and weddings are quickly becoming an addiction.
In addition to digital, I love playing with older cameras and shooting with film. It's still more of a hobby than anything, but there's nothing like using an old camera and not knowing how the photos are going to turn out. My current cameras of choice are my Yashica TLR, Polaroids and Holga.