For many years I was a screenwriter, director, and sometimes a producer in Hollywood, making features, television movies, and on occasion some primetime series work. Before I began that career I shot pictures. I had a good Nikon 35mm camera, a couple of nice lenses, a good eye, and for a time I even worked in a Hollywood photo lab. About five years ago I picked up a small digital camera, and started shooting stills again. And enjoying it. In an important way I think shooting photos, now, is a reaction to years of writing. I wrote a lot. Original screenplays, adaptations from novels, rewrites of other screenplays, theatrical plays, stories, poems, even a book or two. As soon as I started shooting stills again I was reminded of the very apt saying: One picture is worth a thousand words. What a relief that has been.
But I’m also a film director. Good images are important to me. So is good design. I have a theatrical way of seeing things. I respond to the emotion in a photograph. I shoot whatever I like; whatever pleases me. Portraits, flowers, animals, landscapes. When shooting a wedding I feel like a participant as well as an employee. The vibe is so powerful, the common good feelings, the overwhelming happiness and joy and beauty. It’s irresistible.
I give my clients more than they expect, because I want them to see everything I saw. I work on every single photograph I deliver, using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, hoping to make everyone I photograph look their best. I have no tolerance for any photographer who does any less.
After years of living in Los Angeles, my wife and I moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in late September, 2012, and are happily settling in. I hope you’ll look at both of my websites, to get a sense of what I do.