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I have extensive experience in web and print design and as an award winning photographer. I have been awarded a number of different honors including Addy's in several major markets, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baton Rouge and most recently South Florida.

My experience begins with my graduation from the Art Institute of P… Read More
I have extensive experience in web and print design and as an award winning photographer. I have been awarded a number of different honors including Addy's in several major markets, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baton Rouge and most recently South Florida.

My experience begins with my graduation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an associates degree in Visual Communications in 1980. This began my first job in the field when I moved to Las Vegas and worked for Barrish Advertising as their Designer. Barrish Advertising was an ad specialties shop that produced mainly buttons for events but did venture into other areas when the occasion presented itself. The position required my knowledge of creating designs & illustrations, and mechanicals for color separations, color overlays, marker layouts and comprehensives for presentation for clients throughout Las Vegas including Circus Circus, and Caesars Palace (Grand Prix), other clients included the Mint, Stardust Hotel & Casino who I will find myself doing a more serious body of work for later in my career with Miller & Associates Advertising. The position also required that I shoot "graphic" film negatives for stripping and imposition.

I left there to work for Nevada Graphics for a short period of time. They were a type house... a predecessor to what would eventually be known as service bureaus. They closed up very shortly after my arrival and I went back to Barrish Adv.

I moved back east to Baton Rouge and designed a number of freelance projects, most notable was a logo for Q-106 fm a new radio station that featured R&B. I also took a job at Custom Photo Works in their black & white lab and I did their photo restoration and retouching. My main reason for taking this job was to learn the process beyond what one would be exposed to as a hobbiest, and to learn how to use a camera to create my own works, mainly as reference for illustrations. CPW closed down I went to another lab at Lucketts Photography, a portrait studio, it was pretty much formula (boilerplate), nothing to be learned for a commercially motivated person such as myself but amazingly I revisited portraiture when I moved to Atlanta about a year later.

I took a position as a photographer for a chain portrait studio, well... to eat. And even though I had some of the highest acclaims and sales I departed from classical portraiture to go back into the dark, where I could get back into the machinery, the machanics of imagery. I took a position with Chestnut Color Lab, a large commercial photo lab in Atlanta as their large format color printer. I was hoping for a position in the reprographics department because I had a fervent interest in photo compositing. This position was also key in exposing me to the high end of commercial photography... and commercial photographers, some of whom I would later contact for work as an assistant. The commercial lab experience was very helpful in my transition.

I first assisted for Don Sparks Photography, and then Fred Gerlich Studio where I learned the bulk of the "how to do and what to use of commercial shooting. I learned lighting, primarily for product and architectural interior and in return I designed an Addy award winning promotional brochure, just before venturing off on my own.

Back to Vegas, with my gear some years of knowledge a lot of ideas and dreams of setting up a big studio which I did eventually but not before being hired as a production artist for Miller & Associates Advertising, with whom I reacquainted myself with the Stardust and quite a few other hotels and casinos. I also did quite a few shoots for Miller & Associates while building up my dream studio with the high ceilings and a nice wide cyc wall. I also did a number of shoots for some other clients, Mike Miller was kind enough to allow me the flexibility of working with other agencies, who I will try to remember to put in my clients list.

Miller & Associates sold out to DRGM Advertising and I went out on my own for a while, only to later be hired by DRGM Advertising as a production artist, but more importantly as a photographer (again thanks to Mike Miller). I would go own to shoot for a number of top and mid-tier Ad Agencies in Las Vegas including (at the time) Shonkwiler Marcoux, Davenport Adv, Group Media with whom I won another Addy Award, as well as a number of independent businesses, (whom I will likely note in my clients list). Read Less
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