January 18th, 2012
First camera – a Kodak Brownie. If you know what that is you’re probably not a photojournalist you’re more likely a photo historian. If you have used one, then you are probably too old to be taking my class.
First darkroom – my mother’s bathroom at 12. Luckily we had two. All those chemicals and it was hard to control the water temperature, but one can wash a lot of prints in a tub. Thank God the world went digital.
First assignment – covering Vietnam anti-war protestors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I survived, but the guy next to me couldn’t run as fast. He got his head bashed and the film ripped out of his camera by the police. If that gets you really excited about being a photojournalist then you should definitely attend this workshop.
I covered lifestyle, political issues and rock concerts for a local newspaper for several years before returning to school to studying architecture – boring. I really just went back to play basketball. I was an art major, a photography major and a couple of other majors along the way. Time to get serious. Transferred to BYU. Made my parents proud by finally graduating.
I freelanced for several ad agencies, was a designer for an industrial manufacturing firm, and then started my own agency.
Along the road my clients have included: The Osmond Brothers, Novell, WordPerfect, BYU, the State of Utah, 1-800 Contacts, Steven R. Covey & Associates, Who Moved My Cheese? and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort.
I have taught design and photography at Brigham Young University and a couple of colleges.
My work has been featured in Print Magazine. I show regularly at a local museum and have won numerous awards for my commercial and fine art work.
I have worked as a photojournalist, art director, designer and illustrator. I currently maintain a design and commercial photography studio in Provo, Utah.
I have been on both sides of the table – as a photographer and as an art director hiring photographers. I will share my insights and guide the novice as he or she begins the journey.
If you aren’t sure of what area of photography you want to be in or question your level of proficiency – take my course. As part of the Foundry Workshop you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from some of the best photojournalists in the business.