About David (me)
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I’ve worked as a professional photographer for nearly 10 years, but photography has been a life long passion.
My interests have gone from photography to cinema and back to photography again, which has led me to both a BA in film-making and a Master’s in Photojournalism from the Universities of Pittsburgh and Florida, respectively. I spent the first half of my professional career shooting for newspapers, and now shoot stills and video for a variety of major magazines, corporate, commercial and private clients. Regardless of whether the image is still, moving or progressing in a slideshow, I tell a person’s story, and often my own, through my work.
My credits include Outdoor, Newsweek, National Geographic TV, Smithsonian Magazine, Der Spiegel, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and numerous newspapers, including front page images on the Chicago Tribune, LA Times and the St. Petersburg Times. I have also worked as a corporate photographer for clients including Stella Artois, Panasonic and others.
It was a long road to get to where I am professionally, but where I am geographically was a much easier, or at least impulsive, decision.
I always thought I’d head to New York, but a small shove from a good friend made me consider the west. How small?
“I’m moving to LA,” he said. “Venice! You should come.”
“Yes!” I replied.
That small. Though I did think about it for at least 2 seconds. Lest you think I’m unreasonably impulsive. But after years of working in places that I liked but didn’t love, I looked forward to living the life of a Los Angeles photographer, just steps from the beach.
My friend bailed, but I stuck to my guns. I thought I would do it on my own, but it turns out I didn’t have to. I just traded him in for my new girlfriend and after a trip to Haiti in 2008, we moved west, landing in beautiful, eclectic and always photogenic Venice Beach.
On weekends, or weekdays, we often travel to one of the numerous national and state parks only two to three hours from our front door. When that’s too far, there’s always the beach, nearby canyons or one of the 88 cities that comprise greater Los Angeles, each with its own slightly different characteristics.
In our spare time we brew beer — mostly rich, dark and hoppy. We drink most of it, but we enjoy sharing as well. Hire me and a bottle might find its way to your fridge one day. Just saying.
I am involved with the American Society of Media Photographers, where I serve as the president of the LA chapter. I am also a part of the Venice Art Crawl, a grassroots organization showcasing local artists.
I also have two surfboards. My girlfriend cooks fabulously. And she’s pretty. And she edited this writing. Life is good.