I am a full time photographer living in Wakefield, RI, where my wife Jackie and I have lived and raised our two sons, Dan and Eric, (2007 and 2009 SKHS graduates) since 1994. I was active in the Wakefield community for many years, coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams and recreational basketball leagues, and am a past Cub Scout Den Leader and Cubmaster for Peace Dale Pack 1.
I decided in high school after studying film arts my senior year that I wanted to be a photographer. But I did not have an answer when my mother asked how I was going to make money doing that. So, off I went to URI and a long career in IT, at least making my mother happy.
I enrolled in RISD's certificate program in digital photography in 2012, going to school at night while working full time during the day. By then I had helped raise two adult sons and see them through undergraduate degrees, and decided it was time to refocus on my own career. In 2015, 432 classroom hours and countless homework assignments later, I completed RISD's program and was finally off and running as a professional photographer, albeit part time.
"Retirement" from Amica insurance came late in 2017 after working there for over 27 years. I finally was able to say I was a photographer, though it happened three months after my mom passed away. At least she was aware throughout her struggles with Parkinson's Disease what I was working toward, and I knew by the time I made the career switch that I finally had her permission to be a photographer.
Degrees and Certifications
Certificate in Digital Photography, Rhode Island School of Design
FAA Certified to fly drones commercially
Certificate in Journalism, UMASS Ahmerst
BS in Applied Mathematics, University of Rhode Island