I am a father, husband, runner, animal lover, and photographer. I have 2 boys. The oldest is a type 1 diabetic. The youngest has Asperger's. We have 4 dogs and a cat. I taught photography at a school in Southern California for several years, teaching studio lighting, environmental portraiture, wedding photography, and post processing software. I shot weddings for years but now I find animals more fun to work with :)
Along with photographing clients and their pets, I also work in animal rescue for Leave No Paws Behind and as a volunteer photographer in the Los Angeles County shelter system. Part of my work with LNPB entails photographing all the animals rescued by LNPB. As a volunteer in the shelter, I have photographed thousands of homeless animals to help get them adopted, and helped create and establish photography programs at several LA based shelters. A percentage of all shoots goes back to helping rescue animals.
Why Black Dogs?
I am a huge fan of black dogs. My love affair with black dogs started 20 years ago with an adorable little Rottweiler puppy rescued from a back yard breeder. When my wife was pregnant with our first son, people started asking when we were going to get rid of our beloved rottie, as she was NOT safe to have near a baby. This was when I first became aware of Black Dog Syndrome. Black dogs are often portrayed as evil/mean/nasty in movies and TV. Black is the color of dominant breeds like Rottweilers and Dobermans, often used as security or guard dogs. Black cats are the symbol of Halloween and bad luck. Shelters are poorly lit, making darker animals harder to see, and animals at the shelter are scared and stay towards the back of the kennel. I've made it my personal mission to help promote, advocate, and photograph black dogs, and show the world how beautiful they are. And yes, our amazing rottie "Smidge" proved to be the most amazing family dog for all of her 14 years.