1999 – Present

I started working for major catalog houses in NYC. (Macy’s, Saks 5th Ave, Bloomindale’s and Fortunoff etc.) Learned the ins and outs of commercial lighting, production and set design. Developed strong customer service skills and client relations. 

Also spent time working at West Side Photo Lab in the Photo District. This helped hone my customer service skills and gave me an edge when it came to knowing what film would react best with my lighting style. Working there also put me in a position where I spoke to many of the top art directors and agents with pro modeling agencies on a regular basis. A foot in the door.

In 2001 I began freelance shooting within the magazine industry. Repeat clients included Maxim, GEAR and Gourmet magazines among many others. Around this time, I also started shooting for the NY Stock Exchange. Portraits and events. Also covered many events at the Javits Convention Center and for many news publications. 

Next would come working with various hotel and travel photographers and for a time I was the lead photographer for Hilton Hotels in Atlanta. Shooting ads and images to accompany travel stories.

In 2005 New Orleans called. My work in the Big Easy was mostly in the food, convention, and entertainment industries. But post Katrina I developed a strong bond with many of the local musicians and by 2009 was known as one of the cities most called on music shooters. 

Working closely with Grammy winning and Rock Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr John (aka Mac Rebennack) for over ten years opened a lot of doors. My archive of work with Mac was acquired by the Historic New Orleans Collection in 2019.

Another established artist to call on me was Kermit Ruffins who is a trumpet player, actor, and venue owner. On a 2009 trip to NYC to play Lincoln Center and visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum (both of which I covered for the Times Picayune) Kermit suggested that on my next trip to NOLA I think about shooting video. And I did just that. 

My first independent film which was co-produced by Kermit was called “Tremé Life” and it spoke on the change in the music industry and life in general after the devastating storm that nearly destroyed New Orleans.

My second film “The Key To Me” was filmed from 2012-2013 and aired on WYES (PBS) in New Orleans May 1, 2014. It was a love story from musician Paul Sanchez to his wife who was battling breast cancer.

In 2018 I began work on a film entitled “Trad” which is still in production. And since that time travel to New Orleans on a semi regular basis to work with the city’s top acts and shoot the occasional music festival. Voodoo and Jazz Fests etc… Pandemic allowing.

Mixed within this time frame were shoots for The Yogi Berra Museum, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and nonprofits like Trumpets Not Guns, Habitat For Humanity and the Musicians Clinic.