My career with Hedrich-Blessing began in the 1980’s after earning a BFA with honors from Columbia College Chicago. I started asisting Bob Porth in the studio at 11 W. Illinois Street. From my first interview with Jack Hedrich, I knew this was the right place to start my career.
As an apprentice, I assisted some of the greatest architectural photographers; as a photographer I work with some of the best architects in the field. Twenty-seven years later, my initial feelings from that first day at Hedrich Blessing are confirmed.
My photography has a strong graphic quality. I believe it works well telling the story of my client's design and vision. Also, I am finding that the architect and photographer are brought closer together now that we are working digitally.
One of my favorite recent assignments was with noted architect of great talent, Rand Elliott, photographing "Pops", a unique gas station in Arcadia, Oklahoma.
"Pops" happens to be the largest distributor of soda pop in the United States. On hand, they have over 500 different kinds of pop for sale. Rand's idea for showcasing the different brands involves an angled shelving system in the front and rear window wall lined with hundreds of colorful soda bottles. Light floods through the bottles like stained glass…a perfect visual for me and my camera. I fell in love with it and couldn’t stop shooting. Rand went on to receive best of the year honors for the design. It was also featured on the December 2008 cover of Interior Design magazine. I’m proud and honored to have worked on this project. I see myself as a storyteller; this is one I’ll cherish for years to come.