As a former Marine combat photographer and newspaper photographer, I now teach photography to the US Army and Marine Corps. Without daily assignments I now have more time to photograph for myself. There are several styles of photography I really enjoy. I respect the challenges of capturing uncontrolled moments with sports, weddings, and photojournalism. Photographing nature and underwater ecosystems bring a sense of relaxation that I find nowhere else. Special effects photography forces me to mix my technical problem solving skills with my creative appetite.
I first learned photography from reading a series of books by Ansel Adams called The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. His words influenced me to always strive for the highest image quality possible. This eagerness for excellence, along with the attention to detail I learned from the Marine Corps, is what helps set me apart from other photographers.
Other photographers that have inspired me include James Nachtwey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harold Edgerton, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen.