As a bright-eyed late teen in love with photography about to begin photography school, I talked to a lot of established photographers in the San Francisco Bay area. I was shocked by a theme to these discussions: for many of the shooters I spoke with, photography was reduced to a job. Many of them told me that they hadn't picked up a camera for personal work in years. I swore I would never let that happen to me, that I would never let the love of making images wane.
As a twenty-something photographer's assistant in New York City, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Irving Penn, then a spry seventy-seven. We did Vogue shoots with supermodels, personal portraits with luminaries, and made fine prints. But nothing made Penn happier than a day when he got to learn something new. On days when we didn't have a shoot, he would often come in and ask a question that began, "What would happen if...?" Penn truly possessed what the Buddhists call "beginner's mind".
In my career as a photographer, I am always seeking new challenges and new ways of solving problems. I rarely say no to an opportunity, and as a result, have met countless amazing people and traveled all over the globe. I've done big advertising jobs and little jobs for not-for-profits, shot for magazines and even done a wedding or two. And after 25 years in the business, I still love making images, more now than ever.
One of the constants in my career has been Photoflex lighting gear and accessories. It's durable, easy to use, and there is always a tool that will help me craft the exact quality of light I am looking for. I am usually trying to create natural looking light in the studio and on location. Photoflex gear helps me go from the glowing luminance of window light to the shimmering specularity of sunlight effortlessly. Photoflex products and customer service has been a trusted creative partner of mine for twenty-five years.