I grew up in Rochester, New York and was involved with photography at a young age. I made my own pinhole camera which used polaroid film and I also used cameras passed down when relatives upgraded to new ones. Since many relatives worked for Eastman Kodak, photography was a popular discussion topic and activity. I also worked for Eastman Kodak as an Intern for one year while I was in High School. As an employee of the Marketing Education Center we received free film and developing, before digital age (DA). The experience of using film cameras has given me a greater understanding about planning and composing a shot since you didn't want to waste film or the cost of developing.
I have been working for the Navy now for thirty years and have had the opportunity to travel around the world, with my camera always with me. Japan has been my base for most all of the thirty years. Last year I moved to Florida and have already experienced some amazing places and have had the chance to meet and learn from many people. I love to learn new things and ways to produce images that people will treasure.