Self Portrait, Astoria, OR. 2017
Began painting in my mid 20's after graduation from a small university in New Hampshire. Upon graduation I moved to France living in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Vence and Eze-sur-Mer. While in Aix I attend the Leo Marchutz School at that time the schools focus was on the principles of Cezanne and plein air painting. After 10 years I settled in Boston and begin working in the apparel industry where I met my wife and married in 1991 than in 1995 our daughter Takeiko Marie was born who's now attending University in Washington DC.. While in Boston I attended The School of the Museum Of Fine Arts receiving a Studio Diploma in painting and printmaking. We moved to Seattle in 2009, in 2012 I received a kidney transplant that gift made me rethink my life of working in solitude painting to getting out and working with other artists and starting my journey into photography.
A self taught photographer I pull concepts that I worked with in painting and apply them to photography. The balance of both mediums for me is the freedom that painting provides and the shortening of that freedom that photography provides. Both mediums force one to embrace the idea of visualizing a personalized reality and the story you want to tell within that context of what is the human experience.
Sensibility comes to the forefront over style, allowing a diverse observation of subject matter. Portraiture is an internal dialog with the person on the other side of the lens, over the past several moths I have begun to bring that mindset into landscape making them more intimate and personal.
I'm a passionate lover of the snapshot, and what happens when you're walking in the street. Of all the photographic images it comes closest to the truth. Though the snapshot's image seems to have apparent disorder with imperfections it's those very traits that makes them work so well.
Schedule a Portrait Session
The basic package costs $550 and includes: a two-hour photo shoot, one week turn-around of all unedited low resolution images online, and 5 edited high-resolution photos. You get to pick your 5 favorites from the collection of all photos taken. Additional high resolution edited photos can be ordered for $20 per photo. Other packages can be negotiated in advance.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of scheduling.
Cancellations must be made five days in advance of your appointment in order to apply your deposit to another session. Emergencies, illness, and weather are taken into consideration. The deposit will be forfeited if a session is cancelled and rescheduled more than once and another deposit will be required to secure a new session.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I’m happy to discuss pricing, procedures, policies, and any other questions. Starting up a conversation can also be useful to get a feel for what type and style of photographs you like, so that I can be better prepared for our photo session.
Photo Retouching and Artistic Photo Manipulation
If you have photographs that are in need of repair or you would like to have altered in any way please contact me via the contact page with a brief description of the issue.
Retouches to a digital image require a high resolution file, preferably a RAW file but a Jpeg will work but is not preferred.