I spent the last 20 years as a first responder serving the majority of that career as a Paramedic. Nearly 8 years ago I picked up photography as a hobby to help occupy some time on my off days and challenge myself in creative ways. Over those last eight years I have grown from a hobbyist photographer, shooting wildlife and landscape, to one with a drive to learn as much as I possibly can about photography techniques and creativity. I enjoy capturing images that help others relive important moments in their life.
One of my passions is to continue serving public safety communities. Those EMS, Fire, Police, and Dispatchers who are still working in the field. I have an ongoing project to provide free photographs to first responders. Why? When looking back over my public safety career I realized that I did not have any quality photographs of myself in uniform, particularly the uniform of the day.
My appetite for education is insatiable and never ending. I actively seek educational opportunities, both formal and informal. I'm an active member of Professional Photographers of America and frequently participate in their annual industry conference. I'm a former member of the Professional Photographers of South Carolina, where I was awarded the First Timer First place award for my image "Devil's Workshop". I love partnering with other area photographers!
As already mentioned my previous professional background is public safety. The logo, camera with thin line flag, is a reflection on my public safety background and support for those keeping us safe at home and abroad! I worked to ensure that those thin line colors were integrated into my website as a way to continue to show my support for those still engaged in public safety and their families.
The thin White line in the center of the logo represents all those that are a part of an Emergency Medical System. Examples of professions tied to this line are: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs), Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), Paramedics, Advanced Practice Paramedics, Critical Care Paramedics, Flight Paramedics, Community Paramedics and Mobile Integrated Health Practioners.
The thin Red line just below the white line of the logo represents support and solidarity with fire service personnel and to honor injured or fallen firefighters.
The Thin BLUE line, just above white, represents those men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. The thin blue line is a sign of compassion and support for our nation's police officers.
The Thin Orange line near the bottom of the flag represents all Search and Rescue Personnel. This line is meant to represent the dangers that Search and Rescue Teams face in the line of duty. While in many parts of the country Search and Rescue Teams are integral parts of Fire Service Agencies, even in our region there are highly specialized teams whose primary function is Search and Rescue.
The Thin Green line, above blue, is representative of members and families of U.S. Military Members. This line is to show thanks and support for all that our veteran, active service members, and their family members have given up to keep our country free!
The Thin Gray line is representative of Corrections Officers. The color gray was chosen to symbolize the color of handcuffs and/or jail house bars. The thin gray line is meant to include all agents within the justice system such as: Jailers, Bailiffs and Parole Officers.