At 15, I purchased my first camera, a flashcube Instamatic-that camera changed my life, and I still have it, as well as the Canon F1 that followed it. I was looking for a career in photography when the Thunder Bay Fire Dept. made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. The camera got put aside for the next 27 years, life was a whirlwind of scuba diving, winter camping, renovating, boats, summer camps and country music roadtrips, all tolerated patiently by my wife and 3 kids. In 2000 I took an early retirement, and rediscovered photography.
I started with the usual rocks & trees photos, and got interested in photography as wall art. Eventually the fine art photos led to some glamour work, which is the majority of what I do today. I had a small studio for 10 years, met some amazing people, and learned a lot from them. I’m a photoshop junkie, and I’m constantly trying to teach an old dog new tricks I belonged to the Professional Photographers of Canada for 4 years, mostly to enter the national print show, until I realized I was getting awards for photos that I can’t even show in Thunder Bay. I usually work 1 on 1, although sexy couples shoots are catching on. Word of mouth is my best marketing tool, ask around.
Recently, I opened another studio in the Thunder Bay Centre of Change, the old Hillcrest High School, now a really cool community of small businesses. Still figuring out the details, but it’s up and running. As for the future, only the shadows know.