My love for photography began when I was 10-year-old, immersed in National Geographic magazines, dreaming of traveling the world to explore and capture the beauty of cultures and nature. The influence of my father’s love for photography and film, and the inspiration from my family's early travels led me to study film at NYU and then photography at Rhode Island School of Design. In 1982 I moved to Australia where I worked for FLIX Animation, a film animation/special effects studio. I spent my spare time sailboarding off Pittwater and a briefly attempted crewing for an 18 footer in Sydney. That was my first taste of sheeting in, getting bruises and sailing hard.
I then pursued a professional career at sea with my then-partner, Ken Gray, as we crewed on Eye of the Wind, a 130 ft. Brigantine, and then a Swan 651 and a Swan 56, for 6 years total. We sailed throughout the North and South Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, which included Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Borneo, Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Madagascar, Cocos Keeling, and Chagos, to name a few. It was here that my love for nautical photography took hold, and my photographs and accompanying stories were published in sailing and travel magazines around the world.
Upon returning to the US in 1992, I was introduced to nautical photographer Onne van der Wal and Stock Newport, his stock photo agency that specialized in sailing images. I was fortunate to work for Onne for 6 years, as the manager of the agency, before venturing out on my own in 1999 as a freelance photographer.
In 1994, I went to Brooklin, Maine to photograph my first Eggemoggin Reach Regatta and became instantly captured by the culture and beauty of this wood boat scene and these beautiful classic yachts. In 2002 I moved to Midcoast Maine to be nearer to some of the finest wooden boats in the world, and have never felt more at home.
Every day my creative vision grows, as I strive to strive to fully capture the moments of a nautical journey in a unique and compelling way.
I grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. After moving to Ohio in the late 1980s, I joined an artist collective and began showing my art photography at group shows and galleries. During that time, I was introduced to graphic design as I took a job managing a family-owned print shop. Discovering this medium for my artistic endeavors led down a new career path, designing printed materials with strong visual elements of photography. In 2006, I seized an opportunity to move to Maine to work for a design firm as their client services manager. Soon tasked with hiring a photographer to shoot a custom research vessel, I chose Alison, and our working relationship began.
In 2008, Alison asked me to join Langley Photography and I quickly moved into a full-time position, wearing many hats as studio manager, graphic designer, and second shooter. For more than a decade, Alison and I have been working side by side as visual story tellers, producing books, films and images for clients around the world.