Being a photographer means more to me than managing camera equipment and sharing pictures. My commitment to becoming a window for my clients through a lens, stems from an sincere interest in serving others. Serving others has been important to me, as a New York City civil service professional, for many years.
In 1986 while attending Midwood High School in Brooklyn, I found myself at a basketball game with my mother’s camera -- a “point and shoot”. Through cheering fans and skillful ball playing, I was determined to capture the memories of that game. During the days following that game, I paid $30 to develop two full rolls of film. Out of the two rolls, I was only satisfied with four photos! I showed the photos to a friend and he asked if he can keep them. What followed would soon build the foundation for a new career. I started attending more games with my trusty Minolta, scoring more good shots and getting more players wanting photos of them on the court. I became the "unofficial" team photographer.
In 1987, I enrolled in the Midwood photography class. I was the only student with a point and shoot, not a K1000 like most of my classmates. I learned how to develop black and white film, and began to develop all my basketball photos at school. I submitted a few of the images to the school newspaper, and was then asked to serve as the photographer. My initial newsworthy assignments included school sports, but would soon expand into non-sport events. I quickly became known as “the go-to guy”, the official school photographer. My defining moment came in 1988, when my name appeared in the yearbook credits, as "photographer".
In 1990 after returning from military service, I purchased my first SLR, a Minolta Maxxum XPsi. Throughout the 1990s, I traveled to Ireland and England on several occasions, with my trusty Minolta at my side.
In 2001, I purchased a used Nikon N90s and a few professional-grade lenses. I took pride in capturing the events September 11th, taking thousands of pictures of all the first responders who worked Ground Zero every day.
Today, I provide my clients with carefully crafted memories through band, portraiture and fashion photography. I joined the New York Institute of Photography for the "Press Credentials" package to leverage my career, and am currently enrolled in the photography program at New York University.