"I spent years as a wildlife photographer before deciding to explore my artistic side and got into working with models and designers."
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How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I originally got into photography after having a small stroke. Having a stressful job working in a maximum security prison as a correction officer, my doctor recommended finding a relaxing hobby. I got a secondhand camera and lens and began photographing anything that I could find around the yard. I spent years as a wildlife photographer before deciding to explore my artistic side and got into working with models and designers.
Have you taken any photography courses?
Personally I have not, although that may not be a bad idea for photographers to do as it would help them to work with new models and assist with posing and helping the model relax and enjoy the shoot more.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
My hero is my Father. Hard working, old salt of the earth type guy. He raised me right and has been a strong influence in my life. As for Photography, my mentor Ray Wallace, a local camera club member and local icon was the one who encouraged me to continue with my art and is, to this day, still my mentor and also my biggest supporter.
Do you feel like you've met your goals?
I don't think anyone should ever feel like they have met their goals. There should always be more to learn and more to strive for. Success is a very ambiguous term. I enjoy what I do, I learn every day, and I promote the industry in a positive way. So with that I feel a certain sense of success, but again, I feel there is always more to reach for.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I would absolutely begin photography at a very young age. I don't think waiting for something negative like a health issue to find an artistic outlet is a wise way to go through life. I would search for my passion as a child, and be that much further in my passion at this point in life.
Do you have any tips?
I would tell them to stay humble, always be looking to learn from others, and to follow what they love and stick with their passion.
How do you stay inspired?
I honestly don't know. I just have such a great desire to create newer and better images that the inspiration is just there all the time.
What photography related things do you recommend?
Learn your equipment! Learn your art! Don't be afraid to fail and learn.
What's your favourite camera?
Whichever one I have with me!
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