My trusty Nikon FG-20 may not be the fanciest camera in the world but as the saying goes - I'd never leave home without it.
That camera has served me well. I saved all the money I'd made mowing lawns the summer between 8th and 9th grade to buy the best camera and lens that I could afford. Since then it's survived mosh pits, 30 foot tumbles down mountain trails and hundreds of thousands of miles...
Besides being an indispensable travel companion, it's also been my passport to so many great experiences. If it wasn't for that camera I never would have found any interest in a program like Photoshop, and I probably wouldn't have pursued a career as a Graphic Designer.
My interest in photography has always been coupled with my love of music. In fact, I bought my camera the same year that I went to my first concert. By my third concert I was sneaking the camera into the shows.
I slowly built up a collection of photos that I felt comfortable showing to a magazine. Not surprisingly, the magazine was Guitar for the Practicing Musician. The Art Director, Peter Amft, gave me my first break and from '89 through the mid 90's I was "the kid in the candy store". My photos appeared in magazines like Guitar, Metallix, Metal Edge, as well as a few CDs.
It was during '96 that I decided to start taking a few art classes. The more I learned about digital media (Photoshop/Illustrator) the more my interest in hustling for freelance photography gigs waned.
By '99 I had a few classes under my belt. So when my "day job" closed up shop, I decided to go full steam ahead and study Graphic Arts. I took a year off to be a full time student. In 2000 I was hired by a small travel web site to be their Art Director. It was my responsibility to supplying all of the photos and graphics that appeared on the various sites they operated. In January of 2001, after the internet bubble burst I thought it was a good time to try a new challenge.
That's when I began working with my present employer. A list management/creative resource company that works with non-profit organizations, helping them streamline the process of raising funds. My main responsibility is to create direct mail pieces, keeping in mind the mission of the client and incorporating their brand with art that meets their fund raising campaign. In the graphic design section I've included some pieces that I've created for our clients. I've also included various other projects (book cover, CD covers as well as a few pieces that I've created in my free time).
Thanks again for stopping by my site. Drop me a line if you have any questions regarding your graphic design needs or just any general comments/questions about my work.