It was only a few months into my freshman year in high school when I got my hands on my first point and shoot camera. It was a simple and modest brand of four mega-pixel camera. Four years later I received a 14 mega-pixel Canon SD 890 IS point and shoot, a high school graduation gift. Suddenly, the whole world was at my fingertips. I snapped photos of anything and everything I thought was worth capturing and sharing with others. The most popular subjects that I chose were people in the marching band at both universities I attended, nature, and automobile events. As I entered my second year of college, a friend gifted me a 35mm Canon ELAN, along with two lenses, some fun filters and a few rolls of film. Several hundred dollars spent buying, developing, and printing film eventually produced some amazing prints. However, I soon opted to switch to a (DSLR) Digital Single Lens Reflex model, to save time and money. As I began to explore the world of DSLR, I experienced that euphoric feeling shared by many photographers when using new equipment. Now I enjoyed greater control; more depth of field, more control over shutter speed, and more flexibility working with light. For me, photography became a means of artistic expression, as I continued to photograph both old and new subjects.
After developing my camera skills, I thought about what else I could do with my photography and Graphic Design came to mind. And it was a perfect fit and I loved it. From three interactive web design classes, to printmaking, sculpture studio, art direction and corporate packaging and identity classes, I wrapped my creative brain around every subject that would make me a better communication designer. It was way too much fun for my own good. After three universities, 50 different courses, 135 credit hours, and at least 6,000 cups of coffee later … a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University was awarded. Now I cannot go a single day without doing some sort of design work to keep my mind fresh and up with the times of the ever changing world around us.