I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Georgia and began my full-time career in editorial and commercial photography in 1995. Over the 20 years that I have been a photographer, I’ve honed my camera and lighting skills, and most importantly, my artistic vision. I enjoy working with people and pets the most, and in order to focus on portraiture, my wife, Kristin, and I opened our studio in 2005.
My interest in photography started when I took a class in college. At the time, I was a science major, and as soon as I discovered photography, I knew I had found my life’s true passion. My first camera was my dad’s old Canon A-1, a 35mm film camera. I soon graduated to a medium-format Yashica-Mat, and to this day, my favorite camera is the Mamiya RZ67, which shoots roll film.
In the pre-digital days, I worked with film and in the darkroom, which gave me a solid foundation in the core craft of photography. I still use film and my Mamiya in my personal fine art projects because I believe film forces you to slow down, think about what you are doing and really see.
I am an absolute perfectionist – I have the highest standards for myself and my finished work. Portraits can be so much more than a record of what someone looks like. Great portraiture reveals the soul.
I have photographed many celebrities and notables such as Victoria Stilwell, Outkast, Sonny and Mary Perdue, Zell Miller, Monica, Vern Yip, Bernie Marcus, Rep. John Lewis and Hank Aaron.
My first book of photographs, Ribbon: The Art of Adornment , written by Nicholas Kniel and Timothy Wright, was published in 2008. You can view work from the book, as well as recent shoots with Nicholas in the Nicholas Kniel portfolio.