Photography is the perfect medium for me, because every time I press the shutter, I pause time, saving a snippet of it. My images are truthful and candid, retouched to convey the moods I wish to express.

All of my work is created outside of a controlled environment. By living in the moment, the outside world's wonderful sensations spark my creativity. As I observe my surroundings, I move quickly and decisively to capture the essence of what I'm feeling and seeing. In a split second, I can sense an image coming together: objects in my field of vision collide with the sounds and overall mood of the space. It can be challenging, as there is no way to recreate a precise moment's feeling.

The final product may be visually pleasing or slightly disturbing; keeping only the images which provoke emotions. And like a good book, I flip through these images to re-experience the story.

I love collaborating on themed, photographic adventures with people who are comfortable dipping a toe into the unknown. I enjoy observing people; how they interact with each other and their environment. I deliberately offer little instruction during portrait sessions because unposed images are infinitely more interesting.

My fine art images have been reproduced for display in homes and businesses, but one of my proudest moments was walking into Maui County's newly built Department of Finance after its inauguration ceremony. The architects had commissioned six of my fine art images, depicting different aspects of Hawaii for the building's permanent collection. Only one of them is available for viewing by the public, so go visit their lobby!


Things that move me:  unabashed laughter, music, watching roller derby, burlesque, clouds, moving shadows, the sound of the ocean, and the feeling of dense grass beneath my feet.

Inspirational quotes:
"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event."  Henri Cartier-Bresson
"...the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."  Henri Cartier-Bresson
"My job as a photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain."  Helmut Newton

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