I guess I've always been a photographer and just didn't know it. I had always taken photos, but didn't discover my talent for photography until I was in my 30s and certainly would *never* have described myself as artistic.
I attribute this to a couple of factors, firstly the technology has vastly improved in recent years. I have always valued practicality highly, and digital SLRs seemed to bulky, and expensive to boot. Enter the mirror-less interchangable lens camera (MILC). These cameras are amazingly small, but pack in the same sized sensor as many DSLRs and can accommodate different lenses, which are of course the most important part of the camera once you have a decent sensor. Having a smaller camera also allows a better connection with the subject being photographed, I think maybe because it's less intimidating.
I started out taking photos of our own kids and became intimately familiar with the "your photos are great, what kind of camera do you have?" question from family and friends. Asking a photographer what camera they have is a bit like asking a cook "Your food is amazing, what kind of oven do you have?".
The second factor I believe is maturity. I knew a guy back in Wales who told me "Don't get married till you are 30... Before then you don't know your own mind, so how can you know someone else's?". There is a core of truth in that advice. Maturing and raising a family cleared my head enough to find this passion, and for that (and for so much more) I am truly grateful.
My passion is outdoor portraits in and around Knoxville, Tennessee. I adore finding beauty when you combine people, the right textures and the right light. Sometimes this happens in natural environments which are constantly changing through the year, sometimes it's those gritty urban textures and straight lines.
I'm originally from England, but met my wife here while I was on a business trip in 1999 and moved Stateside in 2001. I'm an IT architect by trade, and as I reflect on this new passion, I can see now how it's a good fit. Modern photography relies on computers so heavily that it's actually a natural segue for me. Couple this with a rather linear, structured full time job which, while constantly evolving and challenging me, does not provide artistic options, and I found my thing.
Every photographer has a style. If you like mine, then we should get together and make some unforgettable images!
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