After 8 years of making photos for the San Bernardino Sun newspaper, where I was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and twice selected California Press Photographer of the year, I joined the magazine staff of an international Christian ministry. About 12 years later, I embarked on a freelance career making photos for magazines and books, as well as non-profit organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
My favorite client is a firm that helps raise money ($250 million last year) for inner city rescue missions and homeless shelters across the country. I travel to 30 rescue missions each year making photos used in fund-raising.
I live in Redlands with my wife Lane and our 3 cats. Our daughter lives in Seattle. In my off time I enjoy watching soccer matches, hiking, and playing violin, flute and saxophone. When I grow up, I wanna be a jazz musician!
Fifteen fun facts
I’ve made photos in 65 countries.
I started shooting Nikon, but was converted to Canon in 1980.
I got bombed shooting a brush fire in the 80’s. Covered in red goo.
When I went digital in 2002, I felt like I was born again... again.
I carry a red pen in my camera bag to use as a prop in portraits.
I have never used the topline professional model cameras.
I love digital, and have no interest in ever shooting film again.
Best book for photographers: Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
If you love people, it will show in your pictures. If you don’t love people, it will show in your pictures.
I have no interest in shooting pretty scenery pictures.
When I’m not “on the job,” I pack only my point-and-shoot camera.
I hate it when I’m called “paparazzi.”
I hate it when parents tell their kids, “Look at the camera and smile. ”
Aperture priority is my favorite camera mode.
My wife is awesome!
My recent favorite
At the Long Beach Rescue mission, a young man in the program poses for me.