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  I have a BFA in Photography and Sculpture and have been doing custom photography since 1997. My approach to shooting images is one that attempts to shoot "the perfect negative" within the camera so that little to no digital manipulation is necessary. The same idea holds true when shooting digitally - I strive for the perfect image within the camera itself so that little to no manipulation or cropping is necessary. Within my portfolio you'll find some galleries that have NO color correction or cropping in order to allow clients to see that what I shoot, is what you get - I don't need to work in Photoshop for hours to provide you with the perfect picture.

  I have a studio set up for product shots and for gemstone/jewelry work, but can also be booked in advance for a shoot at a client's own studio or store using my portable light-box set up. I've done work for gem/jewelry artists, antique automobile fanciers, interior designers, tradesmen, and others commercially. I'm always happy to work with groups, families, or people in the dog or horse fancies - for portraits, sporting events, special occasions, or ad photos. My work has been: featured in ads; used on brochures; made into business cards; seen in magazines and booklets; on the web; available as posters; and has won awards.

  When shooting custom portraiture of people and animals, my best work is done with natural light and within a client's own environment. This ensures a comfort level that's not available within an off-site studio and tends to allow for a more relaxed, "natural" image. This offers a more photo-journalistic way of seeing that allows an opportunity for telling a story within the image, rather than just having a posed shot.

  For traditional film work I use a Contax system with Carl Zeiss and Yashica lenses, preferring to use slide film for color portraits due to the wonderful saturation of color and sharp detail. I develop and print all of my own black & white work unless otherwise requested. I digitize directly from film negatives or slides with a Canon film scanner. The "hard film" shoots take longer for clients to receive their prints than shooting digital but the image quality is beyond superb.

  For digital photography I use a Canon DSLR so that I can utilize my Zeiss lenses on the camera body. I also use other Canon lenses, including some from the L-series, in order to offer more options to clients and to be able to take more action images. By being able to shoot five frames per second I can catch amazing movement photos of athletes, animals and activities.

  I am based in South-Eastern Michigan in the Metropolitan Detroit area and have a BFA in Photography & Sculpture from the University of Utah. I have been doing professional, custom photo work since 1997.

  Studio lighting can be made available upon request.

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