Photography has been the foundation of my career.
I was put into a photography course in college as a second choice elective. I fell in love with the process. I learned black and white photography first, basic SLR techniques. How to process film, how to develop images. Color processing came next. Throughout my college years I became fascinated by studio photography, particularly the work of F. Holland Day, George Hurrell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn to name just a few of the artists I studied closely.
Sometime during my Junior year the head of metalsmithing came to the department to ask us to photograph a piece of jewelry for a magazine. I volunteered, and I recall it took me a full day to get the lighting right for just one piece. But the passion (and the patience) stuck with me, and the department returned again and again. By the time I graduated I was photographing a few jewelers around Portland. Through word of mouth my business grew.
Early in my career as a jewelry photographer author Tim McCreight (Brynmorgen Press) often employed me to take photographs for his books. The association with Tim and the many photography credits of mine that accompanied his publications helped to launch my career. These opportunities led to more, and in time many of my photos were published in the industry’s leading publications including books, blogs and magazines.
In addition to the many books in which I have published photographs (including a few cover photos) I have included a list of trade magazines in which my jewelry photos have been featured.
Bead And Button
The Crafts Report
Gems & Jewellery
Town & Country
Women’s Wear Daily