When I was in middle school, I decided I wanted to be a pilot. I would go into the library during lunch and read all the books I could find on airplanes and flying. I would read pilot manuals, aircraft reference books, magazines, and whatever else I could get my hands on. Much of it way above what my 7th grade mind could probably handle, but I did everything I could to soak it all in.
In high school, I got my first introduction to the world of video production and decided that was something I really wanted to get into, however that love of flying never left me.
Sometime, around my junior or senior year of high school, my family got me a ride in a T-6 Texan, a single-engine trainer aircraft used to train pilots during World War II and into the 1950s. What an amazing experience that was, and one I knew I wanted to relive again.
In college, I decided to follow my new love of video production, but was dissatisfied with the program leading me to join the Florida Air National Guard where I could be around aircraft and video production all the time. Throughout my career in the ANG, I have been able to combine my two loves and fly in a variety of aircraft shooting photo and video. I was given the ultimate ride, in 2004, in an F-15 Fighter. This was an experience I will never forget and solidified my love for shooting aerial photo and video.
Today, I latch on to any opportunity to shoot aircraft of any type. If I’m able to do so from the air, all the better.