My passion has been in photography since the age of 16. After graduation I got my first job in Paris, France as an assistant to a commercial photographer. I moved to the US in 1987. I have worked for 3 advertising agencies as an in-house photographer. I have also owned and operated a commercial photo studio in Knoxville, TN, handling 40+ commercial accounts; Watson’s, J.C. Penny, Goody’s, University of Tennessee, Bike Athletics, Schutt Sports, Mercy Health Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University and many more. Many projects required that I managed a team of professionals such as videographers, photographers, makeup artists, talents to meet client’s expectations. My work includes magazine covers and feature articles for publications such as “Le Nouvel Economist” (Paris, France), “CityView Magazine” (TN), “Better Homes & Gardens”, “Oracle Magazine”. From 1998 to 2011, I was the principal photographer for national accounts such as Bush Brothers (Bean Company), Varsity Spirit Cheer, United Cutlery, and Premier Gymnastics. My work also brought me to do graphic design and video. My passion and commitment to my work has kept these clients for me, for years.
Everything! Getting the job, thinking about it, talking details with the clients, planning the lighting, backdrops, etc... A good part of photography is pleasing yourself first, finding the way to showcase something or someone in a great light. Also seeing your client use your photographs for years, is very rewarding.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done most standard commercial shoots from industrial, to medical, architecture, magazine work and my mission is always the same for each one, to bring the best out of my subject.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Addy Award 1998 - Knoxville, Tn University of Tennessee Press-Project of the year; "Highway 61 - Heart of the Delta", 2008 Best Annual Report (the school of education)- University of Tennesse 2011
A fun fact about this photographer
I am also a professional musician, playing the chromatic harmonica in a gypsy jazz band. I have 2 CDs, one Blues, one gypsy Jazz. I co-wrote a book called "Highway 61 - Voices of the Delta, Faces of the South" and visited the Clarksdale Blues Museum, where famous Blues player's instruments were displayed. I played a Blues for the museum curator, on my small harmonica and he decided I should put it in the display case, close to Sonny Boy Williamson the II, world-famous Blues player. I was humbled.