Once upon a time, I wanted to be a fashion photographer. After falling in love with the works of Herb Ritts, Philip Dixon and Peter Lindberg I was on a mission! I taught myself the basics of photography and a year later, by some bizarre twist of fate I won a scholarship to The School of Visual Arts in NYC. While in school and pursuing fashion dreams I realized three things. I…really didn’t give a damn about clothes, designers, pink being the new black, who’s fabulous, what’s fierce or whatever they were force feeding this season.. People in the fashion industry seem to think that they are truly making a valued contribution to the world. C’mon folks… we’re talking about pic…tur…es…of………………………clothes. Yer not curing cancer. I really just wanted to see pretty girls take their clothes – OFF. Not put more – ON. Let’s get honest here.
I scored an assistant photographer gig working on Playboy shoots. I was making money, traveling and learning far more on the job that in the classroom. I was working on Playboy shoots!! I worked under Gen Nishino and Debbee May for three years. Eventually, I grew tired of dealing with NYC’s winters so I packed up and relocated to Los Angeles. Over time photographing naked girls became a little less fulfilling. Wait, I take that back, it’s not that the subject of nudes became less satisfying but the challenge of “mainstream” became more enticing. For ten years I’d shot nudes – almost exclusively… it was time for a change… or at the very least – variety. BTW, I tend to write a lot of run on sentences… just wanted it to be know that I’m aware of it but….. I really don’t care. Anyway, so all of this back story to say I now look forward to photographing people with their clothes on. It still has to have something sensual or seductive but that can come in various shapes and forms.
As far as photo-geek stuff… I’m not a big techie. I love toys as much as the next guy but I prefer to keep things simple and with out too many complications.
Most of my shoots are pure improv…
In summation, I’m just a big dork who takes pictures of things…
I’ve worked for Penthouse, FOX Magazine, Gallery Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Campus Circle, Playboy and numerous websites for various musicians, actors, adult film stars, Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets.