Although I didn't study photography or art in college I have been trained by some of the best nature photograhers in the business including George Lepp, John Shaw, William Neill, Joe and Mary Ann McDonald, and others. Photoshop & Lightroom instructors include Tim Grey, Julieanne Kost, Charles Cramer and Bill Atkinson. For the Fine Art side of the business I owe a debt to Craig Varjebedian. And I can't list those who have had an influence on my photography without mentioning the incomparable True Redd!
I have a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy in Nacogdoches Texas. I was a Programmer/Systems Analyst, Database Designer, Database Administrator and manager for almost 30 years. I worked at Thiokol (AKA Morton Thiokol and Thiokol Chemical) but after an extended time, I left to form my own consulting company of Cypress Valley Systems, Inc. Photography has been a lifelong passion and in the late 1990s, I decided to attempt to make a career of it.
I am a charter member, past Board Member and Past President of NANPA, The North American Nature Photography Association. I was a Partner and Instructor at the New Mexico Photography Field School in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Craig Varjebedian. I've led workshops in the Santa Fe area and here at home in Northeast Texas in both photography and Adobe Photoshop. And I have also been published in national magazines and textbooks.
NANPA - The North American Nature Photography Association, ASMP - American Society of Media Photographers, TPPA - Texas Professional Photographers Association. I am also a past member of the now defunct, EPIC - Evidence Photographers International Council (forensic).
I attended the EPIC 2002 School of Evidence Photography & Imaging in New Orleans and received 30.5 Certified Continuing Education hours in the Discipline of Forensic Photography Education. I also completed the "Foundations of Forensic Photography" course through the Texas Forensic Science Academy of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and received 16 credit hours in 2016.
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