I like to say I'm a Kentuckian by birth, and a Tennessean by choice (sorry, Kentucky folks!). I have lived in Nashville since 1992, before the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators existed, and hot chicken was a thing. A native of Ashland, Kentucky, I have been shooting photos since I got my first Nikon film camera at age 16.
I earned Bachelor's degrees in Photojournalism and Radio-TV from Morehead State University (as well as a degree in Legal Assisting from Marshall University), and "cut my teeth" working as a "stringer" shooting freelance news assignments and features for a daily newspaper in Northeastern Kentucky, and shooting photos of live bands in the Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia Tri-State area. In those days, I shot a lot of black and white film, and developed and printed my own film and pictures in a darkroom using smelly darkroom chemicals. I put my budding photography career on hold for the immediate financial stability of a legal and corporate career.
The drive to create great photography couldn't be suppressed forever, and several years ago I dove back into my passion, investing in new equipment, attending professional workshops, joining trade groups and documenting the world around me. And, I haven't stopped shooting...whether it's live performances, portraits of people and pets, architecture or neon-splashed nightscapes. I am a member of the Tennessee Chapter of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and a member of HeARTs Speak - Artists Helping Animals.
I am stirred by emotion, color, light and perspective, qualities you can see throughout my body of work. I strive to convey a mood, whether it's poignant, fun, elegant, professional, or edgy.