My first photographic assignment was in 1962, as the photographer for the Manistee High School yearbook. This experience launched my career as a staff photographer at the Manistee News Advocate. I was drafted into the US Army in 1966, where I served as a photographer at the 3rd Comm Detachment Photo Lab at Fort McPherson, GA. As a result, there are over 8,700 of my negatives on file at the National Archives from my Army days. I also had the privilege of taking the official 1967 photograph of all the Sargent Majors of all the Armies of the United States, including many of the Generals and commanding Lt. General Lewis Truman of the 3rd Army. I have also photographed movie stars such as Bob Hope and James Earl Jones and Governors George Romney (Michigan) and Warren Noles (Wisconsin). I took the official photograph of the First Base Ball Thrown out at the Atlanta Braves Opening Game in 1967 for the Army. Unfortunately, I can't remember who tossed the ball.
I began taking wedding photos in 1968 and have been shooting weddings ever since. My photographic style is a combination of traditional wedding photography and photojournalism. I believe it is as important to have formal photographs with loved ones, as it is important to have photographs capturing those indescribable special moments.
My photographs have been featured in: Army Times, The Third Army paper, the Atlanta Journal, Outdoor Life Magazine, Muzzle Blasts Magazine, The Chicago Sun, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Harold, The Grand Rapids Press, The Atlanta Journal, the Stars and Stripes, the Lucky Times (both army newspapers), The Manistee News Advocate, and many trade magazines.
My wife and I reside in Manistee. We have four children (three daughters and one son), two son-in-laws, one beautiful granddaughter, and a cat.
Q: Please explain your proof and licensing process.
A. I give you all hi-res, retouched images on CD. You have my permission to print these for families and friends. You cannot sell the photos to a third party or allow third parties to use the photos commercially without my consent.
Q: Are your prices expensive?
A: I like to think that I have kept prices as low as possible. I enjoy photography and believe that everyone should be able to afford beautiful photographs for their special occasions.
Q: How do we book?
A: For Weddings: A $100.00 non-refundable retainer reserves your wedding day photography. 50% of the full cost is due 30 days before the wedding. The remainder of the package price is due the day of the wedding.
For Portraits: A $25 non-refundable retainer reserves your day and time. The remainder of the package balance is due on the day of your photo shoot.
Q: What about albums?
A: Included in Wedding Package 2, there is an appropriate album to show-off your special day. Otherwise, please inquire about the availability and pricing of albums, folders, and mounting.
Q: Do you have hidden prices or do you try and hard-sell extras to jack up the prices?
A: No to both questions! We have our prices listed on the website, so you'll have an idea of prices before you call or visit. We have extra items available; enlargements, parent albums, engagement sessions, etc, but we never try and push those on you. That's why I always say consultations are "Free and Friendly".
Q: How long until we see our photos?
A: Within two weeks from the day of your event you will receive CDs of your digital photo album and any prints that you ordered prior to your event. Reprints will be delivered within one week from the date of order.
Q: Should I have a list of photos for you?
A: You can make a list of 10 or 20 special photos that are very important to you. We also provide a Wedding Work Sheet form to help organize which photos are most important to you. Additional fees may apply to photos that go above and beyond traditional wedding photography, please inquire if you have any questions.