I don't know how it happened, but it did. I guess most of us enthusiasts can blame it on our fathers. In my case, I can definitely pass the blame. My father was never a huge Hot Rodder by any stretch of the imagination, but as a child I do remember him working on other people's cars and his own Grand Torino. From an early age I learned to appreciate the aesthetics and sounds of the American automobile. Then in the late 1980's my grandfather gave me his 1973 Camaro. That act of generosity pretty much sealed my fate. A 17-year-old kid behind the wheel of a muscle car is altogether an exciting and stupid thing. That love -- the love of feeling the torque throw you back into your seat; the curves, the chrome -- it has always stuck with me.
In college I would daily drive my lowered '59 Buick Lesabre to school, attracting the strangest stares of curiosity (even from fellow "art" students). To them I was known as "that car guy". How I became an automotive photographer was really quite by accident and not by my own design. If I was smart, I would have learned something practical like business or finance. But sometimes we don't choose what we become, it chooses us. Besides, I think I would rather be strangled by a piano wire if I had to chain myself to a desk every day. Taking a beginning photography class for "fun" steered me into a whole new direction and ultimately became my career choice. After doing some freelancing for various automotive magazines during college, I was recruited and offered a job at Super Chevy magazine. I quit college and took the job, working for nearly five years writing and shooting stories all across the country. Working for a magazine and traversing the country was quite an exciting experience. Working for a giant corporation that owns nearly all the popular titles on the shelf, however, was not quite as exciting.
These days I have gone back to freelance photography, shooting and writing for various publications and companies. Of course, everything I do is still related to the automobile -- that love will never die.
Q u a l i f i c a t i o n s:
A motivated, and responsible self-starter with over five years professional magazine production experience in meeting challenging deadlines, producing quality feature photography and editorial content, assuming leadership, accepting delegated assignments, and cultivating relationships with advertisers, vendors, and magazine enthusiasts.
W o r k H i s t o r y:
Primedia / Source Interlink September, 2004 to January, 2009
Associate Editor, Super Chevy magazine
Cool House Publishing October 2003 to September, 2004
Feature Editor, Ol’ School Rodz’ and The Horse magazines
S k i l l s and E q u i p m e n t
E d u c a t i o n
· Salt Lake Community College, 2002 - 2003
Graphic Art Communications Program with emphasis in Photography
*Left degree program to pursue career upon Primedia’s offer
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