Born and raised in Frederick, I graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in 1991. In 1992, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and faithfully honored my service for 13 years with an Honorable discharge in 2005. I returned to Frederick in 2007 as I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in San Diego, CA. Approximately a year after that, I enrolled at The Johns Hopkins University, where I graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2009. From an early teen years, I always had an interest in the arts dimension, I just wouldn’t know that would lead me to photography until 1999, when I was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and subsequently with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 1st Marine Division.
In September 2009, I made the jump from hobby to professional. That was not an easy transition, but the Professional Photographer’s Association and mentors have made that journey enjoyable and productive. The Marine Corps afforded me the opportunity to photograph many locations with most of the photography determined classified at the time. Without the early mentor ship I received from Marine Corps and Navy photographers, my cultivation would have remained a hobby. To this day, I still have their mentor ship and guidance, as well as many other photographers to lean on and partner with.
Each photographer determines their style early on in their interest. While in Cuba, I learned more landscape and journalistic style having photographed interests from as high as 5,000 feet in a helicopter to cross-border meetings with Cuban leadership. The intelligence field afforded me the opportunity to work with combat photographers and public affairs specialists; providing input and gaining feedback with collection with surveillance photography. I believe a passion remains a passion, no matter what the genre of photography may be. I still believe in journalistic and portrait photography to be my
strength and passion.
I believe my photographs capture the essence of life, one shot at a time. Finally, while my passion are portrait, I will always be out there with a camera capturing things I see outside of a studio or location shoot. That passion will always drive me and push me to move outside the lines; get outside that comfort zone. I need to be challenged and look forward to most ideas.
I have a wife and two children; Katalina, born in February of 2012, and Garth the II, born in May of 2014.
Thank you for your time and patience.