I more or less stumbled into photography as a teenager who needed a job. I was working in a factory assembling display fixtures when my father told me that the local camera store was looking for some help. He suggested it might be a good job since I would learn a useful skill, and he was right. After persistently asking the owner of the camera shop for a job (I went back three or four times), he reluctantly agreed to hire me but insisted that I study up on photography.
So my next stop was the local library, where I took out 8 or 9 books on photography and began my studies. My boss was kind enough to give me a Minolta SRT-101 which became my training camera, and since it was a fully manual SLR, I learned all about shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, focus, et al. I continued working in the photo industry through my college career and beyond, and spent over 10 years developing film, learning hands-on how to use many photographic products, taking tons of pictures, using Photoshop and Illustrator, and selling many cameras in the process! I also spent time as a sports photographer for Hofstra University’s school newspaper, and although I was a music major, I devoted as much free time to photography as I could.
Currently I am the official photographer for Mirabella Guitars, a custom guitar shop on Long Island. Cris builds his guitars from hand; my job is to create photos that accurately represent the product, and also reflect the artistic beauty of his work. It's the perfect photo gig for a musician!
I also have done work as an architectural and portrait photographer. Please check out my blog by clicking the link below.