I am a 35 years old professional photographer from Pittsburgh. As the son of a Marine photographer, you could say that photography is in my blood. It wasn’t, however, my original career path. Actually, I went to school at Carnegie Mellon University and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I picked up my first camera in college and began taking “pictures” in my free time. I fell in love. In 2011, I decided to get serious. My snapshots were evolving into meticulously composed, detailed and well-lit photographs. In 2012, I decided to really start marketing my work so I applied to the Three Rivers Arts Festival and my prints were received with tremendous appreciation. I continued as a part time photographer, participating in a few shows each year, until 2013 when I was laid off from my engineering position. This made the transition from engineer to photographer a no-brainer. I now do 10 shows each year and work full time as a photographer. Though I’ve never taken a photography course, I am able to make a living doing what I love. I call it work, but can it really be work when I love what I’m doing so much?