I’ve been behind the lens since 1980 as a full-time pro and specialized in rodeo and cowboy life out of Calgary from 1984 to 2000.
As one of only three full-time, year-round, rodeo specialists in Canada – and the only African-Canadian – my story became the subject of the very first feature in the first episode of CBC’s Culture Shock television series, which aired in January 1999.
Although I enjoyed a highly successful self-employed career in Calgary, I returned home to Halifax late in 2000 and set about starting over.
Of course, nobody knew my name here, I missed the excitement of rodeo, and I don’t do weddings – so I ended up getting a spot as a reporter/photographer for editor, John DeMings, at The Digby Courier in Digby NS and then moved to the Annapolis Spectator as editor.
I’ve earned awards as a writer, editor and photographer and have been the Atlantic freelance photographer for The New York Times ("You’re with us ‘cos you’re the best") since 2002 and freelance for the Province of Nova Scotia.
I’ve just completed a contract at Transcontinental’s Halifax Daily News as a Special Features Writer, which entailed writing and photography – in fact; once the sales reps discovered I was a pro photographer they started requesting I shoot their advertising photos. I continue to work for Transcontinental as a freelance writer/photographer.
However, my singular passion remains photography and to that end I have five digital SLRs (4 Canon, 1 Olympus) and my glass is either L, Zuiko pro digital glass, or Sigma EX so my clients are assured of receiving quality images.
I also rent some of my gear to other photographers as the only place east of Toronto where you can rent a pro rig as a primary or secondary system.
In closing, I’ve shot covers for folks like McGraw Hill Ryerson and a slew of specialty pubs.
And I’m the father of an almost-two little boy.