I've been interested in art since I can remember. I've always been drawing, doodling, painting, doing whatever creative things I could as a kid. It was only when I took my first graphic design class in high school that I realized I could turn my creativity into a profession.
I have a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. My major courses focused on the creative aspects of advertising, such as how to do layouts in InDesign, logos in Illustrator, photo editing in Photoshop, web design in Dreamweaver, and many other classes that taught me about how to use creative software, and how to run an advertising campaign. In one of my classes, we competed to run the advertising campaign for the San Jose Mercury News, and my team won. I was the researcher, and the Mercury News told us we won because we backed up our advertising strategy with sufficient research.
My passion is web design and interactive design. It's the perfect combination of utility and creativity. There's a certain restriction on what you can and can't do on the web because it all depends on the user and how easy it is to find information.
I got into photography when I was in high school, when I took my first photo class, which was with black and white film. Now, many years later, I've moved from the darkroom of chemicals and red light bulbs to the digital darkroom, using programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to tweak photographs and get the best possible outcome.
I also enjoy doing other projects outside the static, graphic design/photography realm. On my video page you'll see examples of a few documentaries I shot and edited. One is about a local sports group, and the other is about a local tattoo shop. I've also been improving my editing techniques by tweaking family vacation footage to match a electronica song, and also shooting a short "fight scene" with my brother.