About



My love of the outdoors is rooted in my time growing up in the rolling hills of rural Western Pennsylvania. After earning a Computer Science degree at Carnegie-Mellon University, I embarked on a 27 year career as a Software Engineer which included stints at IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as graduate studies at Syracuse University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2005, I left the software industry to pursue a second career as a Nature Photographer specializing in birds and wildlife.

I strive to create images that include an artistic element and have an aesthetic appeal that transcends their role as natural history documentation. I am motivated by a love of nature, a fascination with wildlife, and the never-ending challenge of finding that perfect combination of good light, cooperative subject, attractive setting, and beautiful background that allows me to create an artistically pleasing image.

My passion for photography is rivaled only by my passion for teaching photography. During my years as a Software Engineer, I was continually faced with the need to analyze complex subjects and break them down in a well organized, step by step manner that made them easier to understand and communicate. I find that this approach also works quite well when teaching the technical aspects of photography. I enjoy teaching at all levels, whether it is helping beginners get acquainted with the world of digital photography or helping more experienced photographers take their images to the next level.

In addition to classroom seminars, I also lead instructional field workshops throughout the US and beyond :


Honors/Awards

  • 2014 North American Nature Photography Association Showcase : Two images in Top 100
  • 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards : Runner-up in Professional Category plus two images in Top 100
  • Finalist for 2012 Avian Image of the Year : BirdPhotographers.net
  • Chasing The Light Juried Photo Competition : "Vertical Wildlife - Cover Dreams" : Runner-up
  • Chasing The Light Juried Photo Competition : "Wings - The Ability to Fly" : Honorable Mention and Runner-up
  • 2012 North American Nature Photography Association Showcase : One image in Top 10, Two images in Top 100, and Two images in Top 250
  • 2011 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards : Two images in Top 100
  • 2010 North American Nature Photography Association Showcase : Two images in Top 100, One image in Top 250
  • 2008 North American Nature Photography Association Showcase : One image in Top 250
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 2008 Photo Contest, "Best In Show" : Cover and January image in the 2009 Alligator Farm Calendar
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 2008 Photo Contest : August image in the 2009 Alligator Farm Calendar
  • “Image of the Week” Selections, Naturescapes.net, BirdPhotographers.net, NaturePhotographers.net, NaturesBestPhotography.com

Publication Credits

  • National Wildlife Federation : "Your Big Backyard" Magazine
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • Audubon Magazine
  • Nature's Best Photography Magazine
  • NANPA Currents
  • Palm Press Greeting Cards
  • Woodmansterne Publications
  • The Tourist News of Southern Maine
  • London Daily Telegraph Online
  • London Daily Mail Online
  • Boston Globe