"Golden" Self Portrait, 2014 I was handed a camera by another Photographer years ago. He was very successful having shot for fashion magazines Vogue, ELLE, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. I always admired his work and when he said to me "You know I have a hunch, I think you would be an amazing Photographer" and then handed me his Nikon F3... I was floored. He taught me all the basics of that camera and then I ran with it. There wasn't a day that went by where my camera wasn't with me. I'd get any subject to test with: friends, friends of friends, animals..whatever would give me the time a day. The love affair began. I started staging these elaborate shoots, imagery, ideas that I had in my head that wouldn't pass until completed. My car would be filled with props and wardrobe to where only barely my body could fit in the drivers seat. All for a photo that was worth everything to me. And the people that I met along the way! What troopers! Hair/Makeup & Stylists, all worked very hard on my over the top ambitious shoots. Test shoots really. Had no idea where it would take me, but that didn't matter because I was doing what I loved. The affair continues for the world to see my imagery on billboards and in print ads....and it all started with a camera. That's it. Something so small changed everything.