When I first exhibited an interest in photography at the age of 20, my uncle gave me an ounce of gold. “Take the money you get from selling this to buy a good camera,” he said with a grin. Starting out with nothing more than that Nikkormat FTN, I cradled it like a newborn child. It was as tough as nails because it needed to be. I think I only dropped it once. With it, I sharpened my skills and learned the illusive ways of light. Twenty years in to my profession, I have specialized in photographing commercial and architectural spaces. I now carry the titles of Certified Professional Photographer and Certified Remote Pilot and continue to educate myself. The camera I got with the gold? It rarely leaves the shelf. It still reminds me, though, that the treasures I have found with photography are worth much more than any precious metal. The gift of photography is priceless.
My studio is the world. To be exact, it is literally any space or community that needs to be showcased. From a multi family complex in Baytown to a vintage bungalo in West University, I feel at home shooting architecture - even when it's not so beautifully designed. Having said that, I do enjoy shooting in my studio. I don't do it often, but the occasional executive portrait can be produced here. I believe it is important to stay within your niche. But it is also important to be flexible and outside of your comfort zone. I don't pride myself on my portrait work, but a well rounded photographer should be competent in other avenues of the art. On that note, EVERY photographer should own a 50 mm prime lens. Just sayin'!