I was grew up in rural Southern Orange County in the days when it was really filled with oranges. My brothers and I had ultimate freedom. We filled our time with everything outdoors, orange fights, BB gun wars, horseback riding, surfing, skiing, skateboarding and lots of soccer.
Photography captured me after high-school while traveling thru Europe. It became my sole focus traveling our National Parks working on a Geology degree. I got so obsessed I changed majors and schools, graduating from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara with a BA in photography.
Even in those early days I liked to set up pictures to be just right, move this, change that, stand here, add little extra lighting. I wanted to capture the perfect moment and if the moment wasn’t there I created it. I still do, I don’t take pictures of the food I’m eating. I like to create my scene and story.
Food photography has become my real outlet for the perfect picture. It’s lighting challenging and has lots of moving, adding and changing things till it’s perfectly appetizing. I love it.
I enjoy all kinds of work and work with all kinds of companies big and small. I have been working with name brands and national restaurant chains for many years and never tire of the challenge to make items look their best.
I love working in the controlled studio environment but over the past few years I have been working less in studio and more on restaurants locations, everywhere from LA to Dallas.
I still live in South Orange County with my wife Liz and our twin daughters. Orange County is not quite the wide open space that I grew up in but it is still a great place and an convenient location to have as my home base. When I’m not shooting I surf and ski a lot, play a little soccer and even break out a skateboard once and awhile.