Born and raised in South East San Diego California. My family and I currently reside in the countryside of Minnesota (Twin Cities).
I've always had a passion for Photography and Fine Arts. When I was a kid growing up I attended a school by the name of SDSCPA / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Ironicaly enough I never studied Photography there. Instead I dabbled in other Fine Arts and even tried my hand at Dance. Although I never took Photography while enrolled at SDSCPA I was so envious of the students that did. I remember walking to my class and peeking my head through the doors of the photography classes as I passed by; thinking to myself " Man, those photos are awesome!"
Due to participating in various sports (Football, Basketball, and Track and Field) I was forunate enough to be able to travel and see different areas around town, as well as travel to different states. One of my fondest memories traveling as a kid was to Knoxville,Tennesse in the summer of 1992. My family and I drove from San Diego to Knoxville Tennesee for what was and still is one of the biggest youth Track Meets around ; The AAU Junior Olympic Games. During that grueling 2-3 day road trip I can say without the shadow of a doubt my "love" for Landscape Photography grew exponentially. The Mountainous Deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, the rugged and scenic landscapes of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
In the Winter of 2011 I was able to purchase my first DSLR Camera. A Canon EOS Rebel T2i. I quickly realized there was way more to it than just pointing and shooting like any other camera i've ever used. What the heck is ISO, APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED? Of course you have your "Standard/ Auto-mode" but wheres the creativity in that? I wanted to be able to capture a moment and have the image tell you the story without the need of any caption. After weeks and weeks of shooting subpar photographs and watching countless Youtube clips I was able to teach myself how to use the various creative modes of the Camera (AV, TV, and most important Manual Mode). The key word in that last sentence is how. But I wanted to know why? Why would I choose one over the other? In what situation/ moment will I need to "cheat" and use TV or AV mode?
To learn more about the why factor I was looking for in the Winter of 2012 I signed up for a Professional Photography course and began taking classes at Hennepin Technical College. I'd already been attending HTC in the pursuit of attaining a Degree in Computer Networking and Administraion (Applied Science) but again I'd be on my way to class and would poke my head into one of the photography classes and think to my myself "Man, those photos are awesome!". Not only did I learn that why, but a plethora of very useful techniques, and skills that i've added to my arsenal.
Enough about me, what's your story?