- 1973 - First converted my bedroom into a darkroom working with equipment borrowed from my grandfather.
- My grandfather still had the old Federal enlarger (as seen in the Batman movie with Adam West (the only real Batman!) that he bought just after returning from World War II. Along with my father's old Argus camera and some Kodak Tri-X film I learned everything by trial and error. I could barely afford film and developer, how could I buy books! The internet hadn't been invented yet. My kids have no idea how lucky they are!
- 1987 - Photographed my first wedding . . .
- In 1987 my sister-in-law was getting married on a budget and asked me to take pictures. I hadn't really paid any attention to wedding photography and I don't have any of the pictures that I took that day. As I remember, they liked the work!
- 1992 - My first paying photography jobs!
- Through a co-worker of my wife, I began photographing prom portraits for a company from New York. I spent my Spring Friday nights posing large numbers of high school kids one after another. The pressure of working quickly with kids who were often not interested in what we doing while still producing quality work was excellent practice for my later work.
- 1996 - Wait . . . you will pay me money to photograph weddings?
- The desire to purchase more camera and darkroom equipment led me to answer an ad in the "Shopper's Guide" looking for wedding photographers. After an unpaid internship of about four weddings, I began shooting for a wedding company at $125 per wedding!