WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
First became interested in photography as a child.I was fortunate to have parents that always traveled. I was always taking photos with an old Brownie black and white of all the sights and places we would go. As I got older my camera became more advanced. By the time I was in High School I had a minolta 101 and was shooting for the year book and school paper.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
I believe it is being accepted as an art form and a norm for the general society as a whole. The balance between erotica and porn is sometimes a thin line.I have had implied nudes considered porn by some people. Society has a predetermine notion sometimes that even a nude art form in photography as opposed to one in a painting would be considered porn to certain people in society. I find that the people in the erotica society have more of an understanding and respect for the art and for people in general. The Models who shoot erotica are usually more open minded ,and appreciate the art . The time it takes to build trust with a erotic model is usually much shorter than a model that doesn't shoot erotica. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I started with film and it has its benefits but with everything times change and evolve. I like the digital age and I am still learning the endless possibilities of digital photography.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
I would like to continue with the types of shoots I have been doing and branching out to new styles and concepts.I believe you can always learn something new, if you press yourself . You get out what you put in. If someone is content with what they do they tend to stop growing as a person.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
This one has been said to me many times by many people. Shoot shoot and shoot some more. Network with people from all walks of life and cultures. Keep an open mind. Learn from the people different than you. Never be unwilling to learn. Don't be afraid to try new concepts and Ideas because the very worst that will happen is getting a bad photo.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I dabble in scroll sawing and relief cutting in wood.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I am a fan of most music. I tend to listen to classic rock a lot but lately I have been listening to the newer country more.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I am into the whole motorcycle biker life style now. My only regret is that I did not start sooner in life. I enjoy the great out doors camping fishing swiming and boating. I enjoy football concerts theater. I enjoy hanging with people at events like festivals and fairs. I also enjoy being a Mason, although I dont spent much time with it anymore. I enjoy finding antiques, auctions.
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