Behind The Lens

My love of photography began as a young child, with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye box camera, like many other young photographers that started off in the 70's. This was a popular camera, manufactured between 1949 and 1961. I snapped countless rolls of B&W film, with the occasional color roll (more expensive) thrown in for variety.

Not having internet or even cable TV in the 70's, I found myself outside most of the time, so common film encounters were neighborhood cats playing, squirrels crossing power lines and leaping between trees, football with friends and the neighborhood crew shooting hoops in the driveway.

Although the Brownie was simple and generally provided good shots, I knew it was time to move on when I wanted to shoot some concert photos. I borrowed a Nikon 35mm SLR, spent about an hour trying to understand it and shot some great pix at the Heart Bebe Le Strange concert in Lake Charles, LA in 1980.

Throughout the 80's & 90's I shifted by creativity outlet to engineering, which included both hardware and software design. It is extremely rewarding to see an engineering creation come alive and function (mostly) the way intended! My "Tim Allen Home Improvement" need for more power was met by providing engineering services to Mark Fukuda, enabling him to remain undefeated in his many years in car audio SPL competitions. This proved to be extremely rewarding as a creativity outlet.

I always kept a camera nearby, but generally stayed with non-SLR cameras throughout the 80's and 90's for portability and convenience reasons. That all changed when my daughters, Anna and Mara, and son Logan were all dancing in the 2004 CCBT Nutcracker.

 

I needed SLR performance if I stood any chance of capturing these once-in-a-lifetime shots. I invested in Canon digital equipment and embraced my photography passion once again.

The 2005 Nutcracker even topped the previous year when Anna performed as Clara and Logan as the Nutcracker Prince. Mara performed two spirited roles as Friend of Fritz and Toy Soldier. This truly was the once-in-a-lifetime performance with all three children on stage in major roles!

I continue to shoot for Hathaway Academy of Ballet and Collin County Ballet Theatre since 2004, with the occassional baseball or football game thrown in for fun!

From the early years to the present, the most challenging aspect of my photography is to try to capture the most memorable instants of a fast-paced event, whether stage performance or sporting event.