Picked up my first camera at the age of 13 (1983) and a few months shy of my 16th birthday I had my first freelance job for the local newspaper shooting a freshman football game. I had to ride my bike to the game since I did not have my driver’s license. I freelanced for that paper until the summer I graduated from high school when I got a staff photographer position for another newspaper. In the next few years I freelanced for several magazines in the Southern California area and then moved to Arizona (Phoenix) where I began to work for the East Valley Tribune. After 3-years of covering daily editorial assignments (which included the NBA, NFL, NCAA, Pac-10, etc), I pursued a career in law enforcement. After 10-years of street patrol work I returned to photography but quickly realized that the photography business had changed drastically during my absence. So instead of pursuing a professional career path I decided to concentrate on personal projects and shooting mostly things that brought me personal fulfillment. After working freelance for several different photography business models I settled myself in the one genre that I always enjoyed; sports.
For me, photography is like what fishing is to a lot of other guys (or gals). I find it very relaxing and a tremendous stress relief. Just like fishermen like to sit by the river for hours waiting for a great (fish) catch that may never bite, I like to sit on the sidelines and wait for a great shot. I have been known to spend 2-3 hours at a game and come back home without a single shot. I would never call that a bad day. The worst day shooting is better than the best day doing anything else.
I was once asked to describe my work and at that time I did not have a good answer. I still don’t think I have a good answer but I know what I am looking for in my images; emotion, clear view of the athlete’s eyes, but most importantly, clean backgrounds. As a matter of fact, there are many times when I will reject images solely due to the fact that the background is too cluttered.
If you are wondering about the “Yes, Another Photographer” moniker, this was the punch-line of an inside joke amongst the staff photographers at the first paper I was a staffer. It is very similar to the punchline of “That’s what she said.” To be honest, I have forgotten what the actual joke was but it became the standard answer to any question that was asked by editors.