I first picked up and learned the basics of photography using a single lens reflex (SLR) camera in college. Working with the camera and darkroom was simply part of the graphic design courses I was required to take, and soon after I fell in love with the idea of film for the purpose of story telling. I didn't pursue still photography right away, focusing more on the film production end of things. Several years later I rediscovered photography while working in Poland on a feature film. By then digital sensors had progressed to the point of being viable for quality captures even at the consumer level, and therefore, my transition to using a DSLR in 2006 was easy. I didn't consider photography more than a passing hobby at the time and spent a vast majority of my photo time taking shots specifically for compositing into film and video. Using the graphic design background and film schooling I had decided at the time that I was going to pursue film compositing as a career and did so for a little while, though I never had a passion for it beyond the technical knowledge. In 2010 I stepped back and took a serious look at photography as an art form and realized that I really enjoyed the set production element of it. I enjoy seeing the world for its compositions and lighting, while crafting stories from the moments that resonate emotionally with others. Much of my photography now consists of event work for various clients, particularly automotive, but I have a real passion for the full staging of stories within a frame. Over the coming year (2013) I want to share that passion with you. Here on the site I'll be adding several new works to the Staged: 2013 portfolio. While they might not be masterful works of art at first, I'm really excited about the possibilities and look forward to creating inspired photography.