“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”
I've had a camera in my hand since circa 1982, and have been studying and active in the art of photography since 1993 when I bought my first “real” camera, a Nikon film camera. I learned how to shoot on film, and I’m grateful for that time and all that it taught me. Today I shoot with whatever I have in my hand at the time, sometimes digital, sometimes film, and most likely it’s my iPhone.
I have lived all over the country, with most of my roots in Alabama, and I call the Auburn/Opelika area home. Over the years I’ve loved my time living in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and various other places, but Auburn will always be home to me. I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the world from Australia to Uganda and everywhere in between. This has given me a unique perspective on different cultures and ways of life I could never understand without having been there, and it’s impacted my photography tremendously.
To me, photography is a simultaneous merging of art and life. The resulting image, captured in a fraction of a second, shows proof of our existence, and the beauty of our Creator. Photography is all about capturing a moment in time, that without that image, would likely be lost to history. It shows the emotion, the pain and beauty that is this life. It show the human spirit, and the willingness to look beyond our differences. I strive to incorporate these elements into my photography every time I press the shutter.
As a photographer, I'm always trying to create that unique image, and I’ve reinvented myself photographically many times over the course several decades. I’ve specialized in nature, aviation, portrait, worship, concerts, low light, macro, street photography, and many other unique genres. Some previous clients include ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Equifax, Auburn University, Catalyst Conference, Craig Groeschel, Seth Godin, and many non-corporate individuals.
As of this writing, just shy of the year 2020, I have taken more than half a million images, each one an expression of my view on life. Right now I’m most passionate about capture images of daily life, photography that would mainly be considered street photography. I’m focused on documenting life in and around the Auburn/Opelika (I-85 Corridor) area, but am always interested in any location. I’ve studied the greats in the field like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Susan Sontag, Vivian Maier, and so many actively producing photographers like Eric Kim and others, they have all helped shape my style and it continues to develop even after shooting for so many years.
I have a wide range of stock images for private and commercial use, for booking information or to setup a photoshoot or to request a commercial image please simply contact me here.
I am happy to license my current images for your personal or public use. If you would like to use any of my copyrighted images for any reason, please contact me so we can discuss your needs. I can usually provide people or organizations with high resolution images, original files, or my own work processed and ready for use.
I have three main social networking sites I focus on with my photography, less curated but more active I guess, I look forward to conversations on any of those platforms as well. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and this site.
I have several working portfolios on this site that will provide you with a sample of my work, just use the drop down under “portfolio” and choose the genre of your liking. I look forward to getting to know you, thanks for visiting!
-The best camera is always the one you have with you.
[Updated June 2019]