Let me start by saying “thank you” for taking your time to learn more about me. Cultivating great business relationships is an important part of any successful endeavor. I’m passionate about photography and making great images. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to work with you and help to make you as successful as you can be.
My goal in life has always been to use the talents I’ve been given and do the best job I can at whatever I do. My parents instilled in me two attributes that have stuck with me as long as I can remember. In fact I can almost hear them saying it now “always live by The Golden Rule” and “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”. It’s these principles that drive me today — I lay my head down on my pillow each night knowing I’ve been more of an asset to the world than a liability.
I honestly can’t remember the first time I held a camera and made a photograph. I know it was at a very young age though. I do remember that camera had a disposable flash cube that would rotate after each flash to ready a new flash filament for popping. I believe it could pop four times before being disposed. Of course it used film, there wasn’t digital anything back then. This kind of information dates me a bit I guess but that’s OK. Believe it or not, most of us grow better with age; I know I did. I’m vintage 1970 and proud of it!
Anyway, back to how I became a photographer. The first photograph I remember taking, the one that really lit the fire for me, was with an old Polaroid Land Camera and some black and white Polaroid film. My dad was taking art classes in college and I would frequently go with him to find inspiration for his projects. One sunny afternoon while trekking through a field on a rural farm property with him I spied an old rustic barn. It had a rusty tin roof and was sided with the kind of weathered gray barn wood people pay an arm and a leg for today. The sun was behind the barn and low when I made the photograph. I framed the shot, fired the shutter, then pulled the Polaroid out of the camera and shook it in the air to help it develop better. I’m not entirely sure the shaking was necessary but everyone did it so I followed suit. When the image of that back lit barn with the sun flare shooting across it finally developed I was hooked. Never before had I felt so creative. I loved art but wasn’t much of an illustrator or painter so finding a form of art I was good at really made me feel like a million bucks.
I don’t want to keep you forever so let’s fast forward. I continued taking photographs right into high school and enrolled in every elective photography class that was offered. We had a well equipped photo lab at my high school where we developed all the black and white film and prints we had to use for our class assignments. I took a job as a portrait photographer at the Sears portrait studio and decided I wanted to pursue photography as a career. From there I enrolled at North GA Technical College (NGT), formerly North Ga Technical Institute, and earned my degree in photography. While studying at NGT I had the opportunity to assist many working pro photographers that taught other working pros in the Winona School workshops held by the Georgia Professional Photographer’s Association. I absolutely fell in love with architectural photography during that time but getting started in any type of commercial photography was tough back then. It was before the introduction of the digital camera so the cost for equipment needed to go pro was very high and the market wasn’t saturated with a million amateur hobbyists posing as professionals. When you shot with film in a commercial capacity you had to truly understand light and how to expose properly for it.
As soon as I graduated school I didn’t have the financial backing to open a studio either so I got a job at Haverty furniture company working as a graphic designer/production artist and decided to shoot weddings part time. The cost to get started with wedding photography was still much higher than today but it was doable. I got setup with a good medium format camera, a portable lighting setup and off I went. I did well with this but it wasn’t my passion.
Many years later my wife and I opened a hair salon, Anazao Salon, that’s still thriving today. In doing that I turned all my photography and design knowledge towards the salon marketing needs doing fashion photo shoots, web design and graphic design for Anazao Salon.
In 2017 I finally decided to jump in and pursue that architectural photography passion I felt in school. So here I am available to take care of all your real estate photography needs. My Goal — follow the Golden Rule and give you outstanding service you can depend on and maybe one day shoot magazine spreads for Architectural Digest.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me. I hope I can be of service to you and help make you a more successful home seller in the process. Just remember, the best relationships start with a conversation. Give me a call and let’s talk.
By the way, That old barn I mentioned looked something like this. 😉
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