After acquiring an Associate of Arts degree at Phoenix Community College in Arizona, I decided to get out of the heat for a while and set his sights on the big city of Los Angeles. There, I decided to follow his true love, photography, so I looked into attending the best commercial photography school in the nation, the Art Center College of Design, located amongst the mountains of Pasadena and overlooking the Rose Bowl.

During my tenure, I got the chance to study with some of the top commercial photographers, well experienced in both the fashion and still life fields. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I stayed in the L.A. area to garnish the opportunity to assist some of the best and most popular photographers, such as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton. With Herb, I had the chance to work with some of the world's most famous celebrities of today, from Tina Turner and Kevin Costner, to having the fortunate opportunity to attend the weddings of such superstars of Madonna and Olivia Newton-John.

After my stay in the Los Angeles area for a few years, I realized that it was saturated with photographers, so I decided to return to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Upon my return, I continued freelancing for a few years, all the while wanting to attain my dream of having my own photography studio someday. In February of 1999, that dream came true as Studio 18 Photography became a reality!