Thanks for stopping by. I go by Jim, I was born in 1960.
Ask anybody that knows me and they'll tell you I'm always doing something, I can't sit back and do nothing.
As for photography, well I've been a photographer most of my life beginning as a teenager (13yo) when I bought my first 35mm SLR camera. Soon I learned about the cost of film so I saved and setup a darkroom in the basement and taught myself how to develop negatives and film. In those days I'd shoot almost anything or anybody if they'd sit still long enough. I later learned how to develop slide film, something that was much more difficult to do than standard film negatives, but I've always loved a challenge.
From time to time I would put the camera down for a spell or not do as much, but each time I returned I would fall in love again. During one of those photographic lulls I turned my focus to woodworking. I've been a juried woodworker for over 20 years now. I receive great satisfaction from taking a blank piece of wood and turning it into my artistic vision. I still do woodworking but not as much as I use to as my studio is located in my wood shop.
It was during my woodworking years that my son was born and I became involved in one of my other loves.... baseball. There's just something about that game. During this time my dad had given me a small digital camera and with it I began to capture images. At the end of the season I would make a DVD and give it to the parents as they typically don't get to see their sons from the dugout point of view, the jokes, the frustration and the laughter among friends. This evolved into taking senior pictures when asked by friends. Working with kids has always been something I have enjoyed (I'm still doing it)! In recent years I've turned my focus to fashion photography, and I must say I absolutely love it! I still get a thrill seeing my images in the pages of fashion magazines.
I think what I like most about fashion photography is the process of putting together a team, developing concepts and pulling it all together. Along the way I have met so many people that I never would have met any other way and I'm glad I can call them friend. It takes a team to put together a shoot and I've been fortunate to have become friends with so many talented people. It's these relationships that help keep me coming back for more.
Find your passion and pursue it. It’s ok to have more than one passion in life.