"WHO IS THIS GUY, AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?"
Good question! First of all, welcome to my site. My name is Pete, and I'll be your host for our time together. I've long been fascinated with imagery. Even from a very young age, I loved the transportive nature of photography and art. As I've grown older, I try my best to combine the two into a vision that is (hopefully) uniquely my own.
I've been fortunate enough to shoot (to name just a few) The Daytona 500, The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, The Orlando Magic Dancers, Drew Thomas Magic, The Magic Estate, Wizardz Magic Theater, The Daytona Beach Festival of Magic, Jack Kodell, Mary Naylor-Kodell, Doc Eason, Chris Capehart, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Van Halen, Steve Oliver, The Tower Of Power, Whiskey Basin, Hayfire, The Dan Story Band, Cole Sever, Jason Tyler, Invisible Threads Clothing Line, and more. I've also shot numerous Weddings, Parties, Engagements, Corporate functions, Live shows and Family Portraits, as well as Head Shots, Fashion, Pin-Up, Fantasy, Cosplay and Promotional Photography.
I find inspiration everywhere; from photos that I've seen, films that I've watched, or even dreams that I've had. To me, the challenge is to see if I can get what's in head onto the image. I have done all sorts of photos over the last 20+ years that I have been really taking this seriously, although, throughout my entire life, I've had a camera in my hands, and have always documented my life and the events in it visually.
You would think that with this life-long love affair with the visual world, that I would have had the good sense to take a photography class somewhere along the way. NOPE! Everything that I know is completely self-taught. It may be harder that way, but, historically, self-teaching has always seemed to be the best way for me to learn. I have to be in the mood to do something or else, I honestly can't do it. It's not that I won't do it, it's that I honestly can't! That's just the way my brain is wired I suppose.
I love color and reflective light. By that, I mean that if I had my way, I'd always shoot "wet" looking things. Water, Lips with lip-gloss, Mirrors, Chrome Metal, Sunglasses, Lacquered surfaces, Vinyl and Patent leather, Neon lights reflected in a rain-soaked street, Mirror-still lakes...well, you get the idea. I just think that things look more interesting, mysterious, or sexy, when light is reflective off of it. I'd like to be able to wax philosophic about how reflective surfaces are analogous to the nature of our lives, and that by accessing the light within ourselves, we can then shine it outwardly to bounce off of one another, thereby, making us all inter-connected and one with humanity. However, if I did ever say such a thing, I'd be spewing the worst kind of self-absorbed "Artsy-Fartsy Crap" (as my Dad would call it) and would be trying to sound much more enlightened then I actually am. Honestly, I just think that bright, reflected white light and rich colors look really cool!
As you can also tell by my Cosplay gallery, I love me some Superheroes! Especially SUPERMAN! I have been extremely lucky to meet so many amazing costumers who always give me so many cool ideas to shoot and then later, digitally composite into a final, (hopefully) dynamic image. They really take my photographic art to a whole new creative level and constantly forces me to raise the bar to see if I can reach it. Thanks for the inspiration, guys! I also happen to be lucky enough to have an honest to GOD "Muse". Someone who inspires me in all aspects of my life and who constantly keeps me striving to be better than I currently am, both in my art and in my life. So I got that goin' for me....which is nice.
While I am intrigued by, and do dabble in HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography, my initial visual back ground comes from visual effects for films, so no matter how fantastic the image and it's surroundings are, I always try to make my digital art composites look "Real". This is what it would really look like if you were standing there to witness the events in my photos.
I also am fascinated with the documentary-style photography of black& white film. Whenever I'm out with friends I always try to shoot some Black & White images in the style of classic "Life" magazine photos. It's really fun to see if I can replicate the same visceral feelings that I get when I see photos of JFK and Bobby in the White House, or the "Rat Pack" out on the town from the 60's. I don't always get it exactly the way that I want it, but, once in a while, I nail it, and that's what keeps me moving forward.
If you are still reading this, you should get some sort of combat medal! Sadly, all I have to offer you are my photos, and my thanks for stopping by and helping to support my work and my passion!