Hello and thanks for visiting my site. I'm a professional
phtographer and jack-of-all-trades media person with some light engineering and machining skills thrown in, and a passing interest in electronics and coding.
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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with background in broadcast engineering, television production and post-production. My natural affinity for computers caused me to shift into computer animation, and by 1995 I was doing that full time as the lead animator for a post-production facility in the South Bay. In 1999 I went to work for Digital Domain in Los Angeles specializing in F/X animation (photo-realistic 3D cars, that sort of thing). After about a year I realized that it was not ultimately what I wanted to do, so I headed back north to join a friend at a television-related startup that failed spectacularly during the original dot-com boom.
In 2001 I got a call from some old clients down in the desert who were starting up a new rocket company. I joined them as a very early employee of XCOR Aerospace. I also had some side adventures along the way, having a front row seat for the SpaceShipOne X-Prize flights and working with Burt and Tonya Rutan on the Rocketboosters, which raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities by selling SpaceShipOne related merchandise.
During the XCOR era I became a professional photographer, covering both Aerospace and other genres in my spare time. My aerospace photos are my most widely published by far, and I have had a number of railroad and live steam images in print as well. I enjoy travel and nature photography and am accomplished with studio photography.
Along the way I have had several successful home mail-order businesses and co-owned a cafe / art gallery that was still cheaper in the end than obtaining an MBA from Stanford.
Running a miniature steam locomotive
Since I was young, I was bitten by the steam railroading
bug. I am a huge fan of steam locomotives big and small. I have driven several full sized steam locomotives and my father and I have built one live steam locomotive from scratch and restored another from the ground up, not to mention countless scale railroad car projects to go with them. Through these
projects I learned machining and fabtrication, which helped me wiht my Aerospace related engineering projects. I am a fan of scale steam and park trains,
and love to photograph steam engines in winter snow.
Today I am a freelance photographer, model builder and media producer.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein
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