I'm fortunate to make my living doing what I love—photography—and for many years I've worked in Las Vegas making pictures. I enjoyed a long career at the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper shooting for Advertising, Marketing, Special Projects, and Luxury Las Vegas MagazineI've created art since childhood. After attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth University, I knew that I would pursue photography as a career. Upon moving from Virginia to Las Vegas, I landed my first job as an assistant to photographer Robert Scott Hooper, who, at the time, was shooting for Playboy Magazine. I was then hired to shoot editorial assignments for Las Vegan magazine. Years later, I accepted a staff position at the Las Vegas Review-Journal where, among other assignments, I was a regular contributor to Cerca magazine—a publication celebrating the breathtaking scenery and untamed nature within a day’s drive from Las Vegas in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California.I developed my fine art photography while contributing to Cerca, which accepted only large-format photography. I purchased a 4x5-inch view camera, similar to cameras the masters used, and fell in love with the purity of the style and began photographing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Living in close proximity to Red Rock has enabled me to visit frequently, thus I have built one of the largest 4x5 film collections (of Red Rock) around the world. Images are viewable and may be purchased (open edition) in my fine art portfolio.
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