About me


I think the most rewarding part about being a photographer is when after a photoshoot, the model looks at their photos and squee's "That's me!"

My journey started in 2001 when my parents gave me a  Minolta SLR. I forget which brand it was, but it was grey and awesome. I took it everywhere, did a ton of shoots with my friends and quickly realized how expensive it was get the pictures developed.

In 2005 I made the switch to digital with the Canon 20D. I was still very much an enthusiast, but my work was getting better as I could quickly see what the finished product was and I could take more images without having to run to the store to get them developed.

I was always taking my friends out for mini photoshoots, and pestering them to pose.

It wasn't till 2011 that I found my niche. I rented some mono lights from the local camera shop and loved the lighting control they provided. Soon afterwards I built my first studio, invested in my own lights and modifiers and have slowly been growing my collection since then.

While randomly at the Hyatt Regency, I stumbled across A-Kon and discovered cosplay. The cosplayers there put so much work into their craft and the costumes were so unique that I couldn't help but wanting to get more involved. Plus, I'd get to do shoots of some of my favorite fandoms. (Final Fantasy, Doctor Who, Disney mashups)

While working with cosplayers both at conventions and in the studio, I focused more on posing and lighting. Honing my skill set in order to best capture the character. A cosplayer may know how their character looks and practice in a mirror to get everything right, but there still might need to be minor adjustments made for the camera. I also worked on being able to give posing direction and to this day it is still one of main areas of continuous study.

I've had some pretty amazing adventures over the years, and have the pictures to prove it. Through it all, it is the pictures of mine that you share, that makes me love photography.

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With the start of the new year, many people are creating their news year resolutions. I’m no exception. I usually have them written down in a notebook, but now that I have my new website, I want to publically post them so that I will be held accountable and constantly strive towards them.

First, we need to get the basic ones out of the way.

  1. Go the gym more (3 times a week)
  2. Drink more water
  3. Call my parents more often (3 times a week.)

…at least #2 is achievable. I can just hold my mouth open in the show.

Now for the photography goals.

  1. Improve my photomaniupulation skills
  2. Go to five Dallas or Texas conventions and set up location shoots
  3. Attend one continuation education photography conference or class
  4. Be the first name in studio photography in Irving, TX

I’ve already started working on #1. There are some great YouTube channels that are easy to follow and let you practice different skills. From these, I know I need to continue focusing on masking, color matching, and where the horizon is.

Practice Photomanipulation project Practice photo manipulation project

As for #2; I usually attend All-Con, A-Kon and Animefest. I think we are very fortunate here in Texas, especially Dallas, to have so many conventions here. 

#3: Arlington Camera hosts a lot of great classes, but there are other amazing shows, including WPPI, Photoshop World, ABOB Conference, ShutterFefst, and a couple other great national events. 

The fourth goal is a little more challenging to achieve, but it is the most important for me. 

In addition to just listing the goals, it’s important to lay out how to achieve them. The first three are easy to check off as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if they’re complete. For #4, I plan to continue being involved with the community, active with local events, post engaging and education content on social media, and look for opportunities to create something new with photography.

What are your goals and resolutions for this year?

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