I've worked on staff for Florida and California newspapers and I now freelance from San Diego, working anywhere editorial assignments take me. I have a San Diego Police Department media credential and a current US passport. My Spanish skills are good enough for me to hail a cab and feed myself when I'm in Mexico - muy importante! I'm a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the American Society of Media Photographers. I recently began developing and teaching photography courses for an adult continuing education organization.

So... why photojournalism?

I'd originally planned to become some vague incarnation of a "commercial photographer." In my research about how to achieve that, I found that many photographers started by working for newspapers. That sounded like a good idea so I somehow latched onto a job for a tiny newspaper in San Diego. I found I loved telling visual stories about people, and any real desire to do any other kind of photography quickly vanished. (I should have known my destiny early on - the first roll of film I shot with my very first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, had photos of the aftermath of a multi-car fire. Someday I'll get them scanned for a blog post.)

Before beginning my photography career I served in the US Navy, flying as a sensor operator in S-3A Vikings from USS Carl Vinson.

Here's a little trivia about me so you know what you're getting yourself into who you're working with.

  • I'm learning to cook vegetarian Italian food. Sometimes it's edible.
  • I'm a home handyman - I even still have all twelve eleven fingers.
  • I rolled my pickup truck on the freeway after being cut off during my morning commute and still got a half day's work in.
  • I broke my collarbone in first period high school gym class and didn't see a doctor until after dinner. (I detect a common thread here.)
  • I was on the swim and water polo teams in high school. We ran laps for charity with the other athletes, but we had to run in our Speedos.

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