In 1989 I decided that my hobby should become my career. I started with photography in high school yearbook and newspaper classes. While in college, I worked retail and learned amazing skills that changed my life. I ended up working in a camera store, sinking deeper into the photography world. When the 22 year old studio in my town retired, I thought opportunity doesn't get any better than that.
THE LIFE CHANGING JOB
Having been raised without a lot, I took a job at a high end retail store in Tulsa called The Wilderness Adventurer. There I learned that there was a higher end class of people that could and would afford luxuries I could not imagine. It set my sights on life much higher. I also learned valuable skills like management and the art of selling. By the time I was 22, I was the buyer of the company with skills I could not imagine only a couple of years before. All the while, exploring North America always with my camera in hand.
The Journey as an Educator
After opening the studio in 1989, I became a pioneer in the world of digital imaging and Photoshop, authoring five photoshop books and began speaking for photography guilds all over the country and abroad. I discovered that I had a true passion for lifting others in their art and business along side with me.
- Degree of Master of Photography
- Degree of Photographic Craftsman
- Certified Professional Photographer
- Professional Photographers of America 2021 Business Educator of The Year
- Senior Youth National Conference Hearts of Fire award
- Professional Photographers of America Certified Professional Photographer Committee
- Multiple time speaker at ImagingUSA, the largest photographer convention in the world.
- More times teaching at the Senior Youth National Convention that any other teacher
- On faculty of The Texas School of Professional Photography
- 13 year teacher of the Mid America Institute of Professional Photography
- Hundreds of state and regional photographic conventions and schools
- Past president of Professional Photographers of the Ozarks
- Past President of Indian Nations Professional Photographers Association
- Past President and board member of Professional Photographers of Oklahoma
- Numerous photographic awards
HOW CAN UBOX HELP YOU GROW?
No matter what stage we are at in our career, there is always another level. We want to help you reach that next level.
Instructional classes that range from basic lighting and posing to advanced techniques.
Understanding business costs, marketing, effective pricing and the sales process.