I began to photograph while in high school. I photographed people I knew and I processed my film and made my prints in the extra bathroom I took to the craft fairly quickly. In collage I earned three degrees in the field of photography. a B.F.A, M.S. and M.F.A. I made photographs and as important, I looked at photographs. Art and photo history were important parts of my education. After college I worked in a commercial printing lab for several years.
I started A True Likeness in 2003. The photographic portrait is a thing beauty and when done well is a moment of revelation. I want to know about each person I photograph. I want to know what is the picture they have in mind. Some have a well defined idea most do not. I learn from my clients, as the session progress I learn more and I translate what I learn into a portrait that captures that person's personality, quirks, essence.
The successful portrait captures the true likeness of each person. That is my goal. I attend workshops and continue to better my abilities through education. The digital revolution in photography has change a lot about the medium but much of the fundamentals remain. Lighting, timing, patience and an attention to detail will always be essential.