- By DaveM
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I got into photography with an old Yashica Rangefinder in high school. In college I received a Minolta X-700 SLR, shooting and processing black & white film. I used photography as a hobby and as a creative outlet as I concentrated my college studies in the broadcast field. After college I embarked on my career in broadcast television, moving up through the ranks as a Graphic, Web, Motion Graphics Designer and Art Director.
It was as an Art Director that I rediscovered my love for photography and purchased my first digital SLR. I once again started the learning process as I discovered the kind of photos I wanted to create. Through this discovery, I have been inspired by photographers Zack Arias, Joe McNally, David Hobby, Dan Winters, Gregory Heisler, Chase Jarvis, Joel Grimes and many more. It was through the study of using light that improved the quality of my photographic work. Something I continue to study and develop on my never ending photographic journey.
Over the last 3 years, I have become more physically active and subscribed to various magazines. I became aware of the dramatic and inspiring images I'd see in these magazines and found them motivating in my pursuit to become more active. I started out creating self portraits as a way to help me visualize myself as an athlete going into my first triathlon and half iron distance. The image above is an example of those efforts. It was those images of myself that motivated me to train for triathlons, half marathons and even my 1st marathon. As a result I've been working more on developing my style for this type of imagery and focused on athletic portraiture, either for individual, editorial or commercial use. My goal is to help motivate others in pursuing a more active and healthy lifestyle. So far the response has been very encouraging. I look forward to working with dedicated, hard working athletes as I create visually stunning, dramatic & inspiring images.