Horses & Small Towns As a photographer based out of the Kansas City area my style is very personal and fluent. Personally my high school was just outside of Kansas City in Overland Park. After a break of a few years I attended, and graduated, from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Architecture and went on to study photography on my own. Professionally my work provides me the invaluable opportunity to spend time in a great city as well as in rural, quiet locations far off the beaten path. The time spent in both areas is equally important to who I am and my world view. Seeing both sides of the coin, from Fortune 500 companies to 15,000 acre family farms to main-street-small-town USA. Connecting with a subject, moving swiftly, pinpointing a company or community's culture, documenting a lifestyle. It’s subtle and classic. Simple and sophisticated. I get to the root of people and situations in order to tell their story. As a child I did not do so well on the back of the horse my mother put me on for lessons. As an adult I think there was still apprehension around these tremendous creatures. The horse portraits provided a unique opportunity to explore an area of rural life I found intriguing. What interested me most is the wide array of use these animals are put to; working animals, barrel racing, graceful cantering. Over the years I managed to collect quite a library of equine imagery so decided to focus my efforts here. Whether on location or in a studio when photographing animals, especially big ones, you have to give up some control and allow them to do their thing. The animal is already in a stressful situation so I do my best to not increase that tension. Beyond that it’s sort of like photographing sports, keep the camera to your eye, be patient and be ready to shoot. Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” I try to live by this rule when photographing anything. Before each session I do my best to be as prepared as possible so I can concentrate on capturing the best imagery once we are ready to go. After that, there are only happy accidents.