My beginnings in photography date back to when I was in high school. As a shy teenager, photography became, and remains a natural portal for self-expression, as well as a vehicle for exploration of the world for me. I was initially inspired by Diane Arbus's unconventional portraits of people on the fringes of society, as well as Henri Cartier-Bresson’s penchant for capturing “the decisive moment” with his camera.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1979, studying under contemporary fine arts photographer Ray K. Metzker, who opened my eyes to different ways of looking and seeing. Upon graduation, I landed my first job as an assistant to the world-renowned portrait photographer, Arnold Newman, absorbing everything I could from this "old school master" of formal design and precision lighting. I later garnered more invaluable experience in virtually every genre of photography imaginable while working with some of the best contemporary photographers in New York City. I opened my own photography studio on 27th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan in 1982, serving a wide range of cliental whether in the studio or on location around the world for over two decades. The challenges, the people, the travel, and the adventures made for an extraordinarily rich and fulfilling career.
Seeking change, and a desire to share my passion and expertise with energetic young people, I completed my masters in education degree and began teaching photography at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 2004, while I continue to pursue my own creative interests.