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Model Mayhem #:
3934029
Last Activity:
Jan 01, 2018
Experience:
Very Experienced
Compensation:
Depends on Assignment
Joined:
May 22, 2016

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About Me

After 31 years of being a professional photographer, and traveling all over the world, I now live in the beautiful Ozarks. I started my photography business at age 13, one month before starting my freshman year of high school. At age 17, while I was still a senior in high-school, I was hired by a major mid-west modeling agency to shoot portfolios all of their models. I ended up specializing in the travel, tourism and cruise industry, producing advertising and commercial images many major national and international corporations, and traveling to many exotic destinations all over the world. Over the years I've shot hundreds of models all over the world. 31 years after starting out in the photography business, I woke up on day and was totally burned out. I decided to retire from photography at age 44.

After 31 years of doing photography strictly for money, and after climbing to the very top of my profession, and earning huge day-rates, I decided to walk away from the profession that I had entered so many years earlier. I made a vow to myself to never again touch a camera for the purpose of making money.

My life as a professional photographer was not just lived outside the box. I tore up the box, stomped on it, threw it into the trash and then cheered as the trash truck drove away with it.

Most amateur photographers spend their entire lives dreaming about some day "going Pro", becoming a professional photographer, but I spent many years dreaming about one day "going amateur" and only taking photos of what I wanted, where I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted. With no more deadlines, no more stress, no more pressure, and no more clients to satisfy. Now I concentrate on creating artistic fine-art images in beautiful outdoors locations around the U.S., strictly for my own pleasure.

I still do work for some of my old photography clients, but instead of being behind the camera, these days I scout locations for those same advertising agencies and motion picture producers, seeking out the most beautiful outdoor locations around the U.S. for their advertising shoots, TV commercials and motion pictures.

I own my own airplane and fly myself all over the U.S., searching for the most beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, deserts and National Parks in the entire country. And while I'm there I create art with my camera, strictly for my own personal satisfaction.

Besides loving to fly airplanes (and helicopters too!) and creating artistic images in the most scenic landscapes all over the country, I don't like things to ever become boring...

... so I indulge my other passion of being a foodie, and turn every single trip that I take into a Foodie Safari. In addition to searching for glorious outdoor vistas of unimaginable beauty, I also seek out and eat at the most unique local restaurants that I can find all over the country. Who said that the life of an "mere" amateur photographer has to be boring.

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Here are just a few of the more well known clients that I have worked for.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Cayman Islands, Mexican Tourism, Bahamas Out Island Tourism Board, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland American Cruise Lines, Florida Keys & Key West Tourism, Hyatt Resorts, Hilton Resorts, Sheraton Resorts, Double Tree Resorts, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, AP, Reuters, Superboat International, American Power Boat Association, Austrian Television, Miami Herald, Florida Sportsman, National Geographic, Atlantis Resorts, Sportsfishing Adventures Television Series, Galleon Hunter Video Series, Saltwater Fly-Fishing From A-Z, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Univision Television Network, Telemundo Television Network. PLUS hundreds of independent motels & resorts in the Florida Keys, Key West, The Bahamas, Carribbean, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Canada.


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