I've been shooting professionally as a part-timer for the last 12 years. I started, as so many photographers do, shooting landscapes, before branching out to cover nearly all types of photography, including journalism, portraiture, sports, and fine art. Throughout it all, I continued to shoot landscape photography. I believe that I have grown a lot as a landscape photographer, and I concentrated on it exclusively for five years.
Recently, I decided to return to portrait photography. I love the ability to work with models of all genders, races, and ages. I also love the idea that a photo I take will be unique. My goal is to focus on specific projects, creating artistic images, not just family photos.
For those who are interested, I shoot exclusively on Canon-brand cameras, using a variety of lenses. I believe that the most important aspect of any photograph is not the equipment used to capture it, but the person behind the lens.
When it comes to final images, I do use Adobe products, such as Lightroom and Photoshop. I know that some photographers look down on what they view as excessive post processing of images, but the simple fact of the matter is, even the best photographic equipment lacks the dynamic range of the human eye. All of the greats, such as Ansel Adams, used post processing techniques to improve their images, and I believe if he were alive today, he'd be a big fan of Photoshop and Lightroom.
Additionally, my goal in capturing these images is to present beautiful photographs that provide a sense of what I saw when I triggered the shutter. Images straight out of camera fail to present this sense accurately. Moreover, my goal is to create art, not journalism. As such, I feel I have more freedom to edit my photos to present exactly the mood and image that I intend. If that is not your cup of tea, I understand, and wish you good luck in finding images more to your liking. But I hope that, regardless of your views on these matters, you will find images you enjoy here.