I have held a camera of some sort in my hands for most of my life, but I became a professional photographer in 1998.
For me, nothing quite compares to that instant when I look through the lens and know that I have captured the pure essence of the subject at that particular moment in time.
I have had the privilege of capturing a lifetime of those moments for thousands of people over the last sixteen years and it never gets old. I am humbled by the impact those photographs continue to make in people’s lives and I am inspired by the perpetual joy those images continue elicit.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said it best:
“We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.”
The very idea of surrounding ourselves with the images of those captured moments has great significance in the quality of our lives. That is what drives me each and every day and what makes photography so enthralling.