This blog is the combination of my passions. In 2002 I became a father. Since then, my incredible wife and I have had two more boys. A few years prior to becoming a father, I began a part-time video production company. We produced several corporate productions, marketing videos, commercials, and public service announcements. Over the 10 years of operating that company, I learned a great deal about lighting, composition, editing, sound, and distribution for video. Shortly after the birth of our first son, I became interested in digital photography.
As my interest in still photography grew, I took a break from video, but continued to follow the progress of the industry. When it was introduced in 2003, I purchased a Canon 300D Digital Rebel – my first DSLR. I was in love – the control, lens selection, and creative abilities of SLR’s was exciting. Over the next several years I took many photos with my Rebel. Looking back, it’s funny to see some of the photos, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? While attending a NAPP event in Atlanta, I was able to get my hands on a Nikon D200 and I was hooked. It felt right in my hand, the controls made sense to me, and I decided to switch platforms.
Today the worlds of digital photography and HD video have converged. I am know able to shoot high quality stills and HD video in 720p on my Nikon D300s. It’s a very exciting time to be a producer of digital media.
My older two kids are now to the age where they are playing sports. My oldest son is big into karate and soccer, while my middle son enjoys baseball, soccer, and is looking forward to football. Their younger brother is along for the ride and will likely participate in all of the above!
It’s very important to me to be a part of my kids activities. I have coached their soccer and baseball teams in the past which has helped me to be involved. As they get older and need more qualified instruction, I have found myself on the sideline more often. One of the great things about being on the sideline is the ability to capture photographs. These photographs are a way for me to continue to learn photography, get some great photos of my kids, but most importantly chronicle history for generations to come. It will be great fun to look back on my photos one day when my kids are grown and remember the activities of their youth. They will be able to show them to their kids, and so on.
This blog is a combination of my passion for my children, their activities, and digital media creation – both digital video and photography, and my transition into a Sideline Dad.