I have loved photography all of my life. My mother bought me my first camera when I was 6 years old, and I immediately proceeded to take pictures of everyone until the film ran out!
When I was 12, my mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I told her a camera (a Polaroid, so I could see the pictures immediately). She was surprised, and asked me several time if I was sure that was what I wanted, and I assured her it was. She got it for me, and I was so happy. I suppose at that age, some kids would have regretted asking for something like that later, but I never did.
As I got older, I continued to love to take pictures, and became much better at it. My friends and family used to always tell me how much they loved my photos. They would always say how most people's photos of other people made them look "stiff", but mine didn't, and they loved how I 'captured the moment'.
In 1994 I decided that I wanted to go back to school and do something new with my life; I wasn't sure what I wanted to pursue, but I kept feeling a pull toward photography. That was when fate, destiny, whatever you wish to call it, interceded. A friend told me that she had just received a call telling her that a scholarship was available to take photography classes at the art museum, and that it was mine if I wanted it. I was very excited for the opportunity, and I took it.
A short time later the same friend told me about a Presidential (academic) scholarship at Clark State Community College that I was eligible for, so I applied for it and got it. I attended Clark State, majoring in photography. I made the most of the opportunity, learning everything I could about photography. I worked hard and stayed on the Dean's list during my entire time there.
At that time, digital photography was in it's infancy, and professional photographers didn't use digital cameras because the quality of the images was very low, so I learned photography using a 35mm (and sometimes a medium-format) camera. I learned every step of the process from beginning to end. I shot my photos, developed my own film, then made prints from it which I printed and processed myself in the darkroom. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to look at a finished photo and know that I had created it myself every step of the way. Many professional photographers today have never worked in a darkroom, and I feel that I benefited a lot from this hands-on experience.
I have been a photographer ever since, though I now use a professional digital camera. In addition to doing weddings, senior photos, pet portraits and commercial photography, I have done photography for Jrock Revolution, and for several bands, such as D'espairsRay, BLOOD, Love Said No and Soundevice. I have had photos published in Fool's Mate (a major Japanese rock magazine) & Conexion Manga magazine.
In addition to being a photographer, I also do graphic art and web design, and digital photo editing.
I still love photography, and I still love to 'capture the moment'. With each photo I take, I strive to preserve your memories in photos that you and your family will treasure for many years to come. Photography isn't just a business or a hobby for me, it's a passion. My goal is not only to provide you with great photos you will cherish, but to also make it a great experience for you!