1961: Born, London, England
1962 to 1990: Las Vegas, Nevada
1990 to 1991: Vagabond
1991 to present: Los Angeles, California
“If we seek to truly see each other and grow our connections from a place of sincerity, empathy, and acknowledgment of others and the world around us; what we create, and the impact we leave, will have long-lasting reach and effect.”
My story began in the early 80s, when I opened my first studio in Las Vegas, Nevada—a mod little space constructed from the remains of a 3000-square foot citrus warehouse. It was there my roots formed as I worked non-stop producing, photographing, and directing projects ranging from nightlife to leisure, portraiture to lifestyle, wild animals to intricate special effects,Fortune 500 to mom and pop, entertainment to advertising, and a deep cross-section of personalities, perspectives and cultures.
I was in my mid-twenties, young, evolving, and thirsty for experience. A full head of hair and fresh set of eyes in a city full of energy as my business and network grew faster than imaginable. Not ready for the degree of success that came my way, I lived fast and fell hard. It was a decade where I grew up through experiences too numerous to share in this biography. Bright and dark memories that, to this day, are foundational subtext grounding the important value I place on humanity and integrity.
In my thirties, as the Las Vegas chapter hit its pinnacle; I faced a creative, spiritual, and emotional Do-or-Die. Driven by a hunger for personal and professional growth, I realized I had reached a crossroads. So, I decided to shut down my Las Vegas shop to travel the cities of Europe; exchanging security and predictability to live a vagabond life in further experiencing risk, history, culture and people. It was an uncharted time, a living out of a backpack and rolling suitcase journey where I navigated a roller coaster of diverse languages, cityscapes and customs. A week-by-week schedule of country-connecting train rides and hostel stays where each day I peaked over the edge of financial ruin. It was life-change to the fullest. My livelihood wrapped around my waist as I survived on cash pulled out of a hidden money belt. A character and spirit-forming trek that, in the end, left me homeless and stripped down to the most basic existence and reflections of myself. Yet, under it all, a great blessing was gifted to me—the birth of my cultural outlook, spiritual self and storytelling curiosity.
20 Years later, after two decades of building a new life and business, and at a time where all seemed secure and safe, I hit yet another crossroads. This time, an unwelcomed reaper not of my planning and an obstacle that left my family in danger of losing everything we had worked for. The possibility of homelessness real, as looking into the eyes of my daughter, my heart sank in facing one of my worst nightmares. An esteem-killing phantom, which not brought on by any lack of effort or irresponsibility on my part, was the aftermath of the 2008-2009 recession. And as it wrapped around me, I was again gifted a new chapter: The birth of Sidewalk Ghosts.
Ultimately, I survived that most painful obstacle. Managed to save my home and provide enough for my family’s needs. But my life was ever changed. My eyes were opened as I realized, that just as I had my own demons and obstacles in my life, so too, do we all. A fact taught me as I pushed myself forward by reaching out to the world around me instead of spiraling in my own burdens. And as I did, the miracles began.
Some of the Companies, Organizations and Institutions I’ve Worked With
Nikon, Verizon, Publicis, Panasonic, PepsiCo, BBDO, Nestlé, Toyota, Ohio State University, Disney, Brigham Young University (BYU), Botox, Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy, Abbott Laboratories, Art Center School of Design, 20th Century Fox, Faith Counts, California State University Northridge (CSUN) Sony Pictures, Suave, Allergan, The Freedmen’s Bureau, CBS/KROQ Radio, Brooks Institute of Photography, Los Angeles Interfaith Council, United States Department of Defense, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hachette Filipacchi Media, United Airlines, Cygnus Business Media, Cypress College, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PBS, Corbis, Platt Institute, Playstation, Disney Records, Petersen’s Publishing, Santa Monica College, California Department of Health Services, Getty, Hill & Knowlton, Converse, Subway, Otis Parson School of Design, Southern California Edison, FDA, Heidelberg, Abbott, Florida Department of Health Services, JWT, E-Verify, 24 Hour Fitness, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), Unisource, AltaMed, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Hilton, Xerox, FairChance, Nevada Division of Tourism, United Health Care, Hertz, Walmart, Bally’s, Cisco, FIAA, Lockheed Martin, Transamerica, UPS, Energy Star, The Richards Group, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, FCB, Gillette, Dunlop, RPA, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, Lowe+Partners, Paramount Studios, United States Tennis Association, McCann Worldgroup, AT&T