I am a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors. I was accepted into the prestigious MFA photography program at the California Institute of the Arts, headed by conceptual photo artist legend, John Baldessari, but decided upon arrival to take a gap year in order to work. During that year Mr. Baldessari left CalArts for UCLA and I fell in love with commercial photography while working as a free lance assistant. After about a year I longed for seasons, so I left Hollywood, sold my car and moved to Manhattan where I worked in three studios that had a great influence on my work: Richard Pierce, Carlton Davis, and Gentl + Hyers. After a few years I turned pro, opened my first studio, and soon after my first photographs were published in Esquire, Time, Rolling Stone, Departures, and George Magazine (remember that one?!). In 2003 with the birth of my first daughter, I sold my apartment in Brooklyn and bought a house in Maplewood, New Jersey where I live with my wife, the Artist and Sociologist Elizabeth Fleming, our two daughters, a dog, two lizards and a fish. I built a studio in my home, bought a Prius and am now truly mobile, shooting everywhere from NYC to Yonkers to Stone Harbor. I thrive on collaboration and variety, and I shoot everything from cosmetics for Clinique to food for NJ Monthly. I am a teacher and a mentor having taught at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as well as guiding many of my assistants along the path to becoming professional photographers. Most recently I have become a photography teacher at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ.
*My Logo was a collaboration with the illustrator Felix Sockwell