I started photographing weddings from my dorm room at the Claremont colleges back when Nixon was president and film was the only way to record images. A great deal has changed since 1968, but my fascination with photography, and ultimately the stories of the people I have photographed, has made every day of my 50+ years as a portrait photographer as interesting as the first. I consider myself very fortunate to be involved in what I love doing every day.
As I was growing up, my parents always made portrait photography part of our lives, as it had been when they were growing up. As my own children grew, I developed a deeper appreciation of how important those photographs had become in my life. Because my parents passed away when I was in my 20's, these memories of my family have become my own link to the past, and a way my family now can connect with their history. Of course, it's also kind of fun to remember that my hair used to be dark!
• Things I can’t live without: iPhone, MacBook, purring cats
• Movie or production I’d watch over and over: 2001: A Space Odyssey
• Furthest away I’ve traveled: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Europe
• Where I’d like to travel: Greece, Japan
• What I love most about what I do at the studio: Creating moments with a camera that people mention with a smile years later
• What I love doing most outside the studio: Cooking, travel
• Quirky trait: No ice
• Role at the studio: Founder, photographer, the face of the studio
• Origin: I grew up in La Canada, near Pasadena, moved to San Diego after college in Claremont
• Favorite Movie Line: “Open the pod bay doors, Hal.” 2001