Self-Portrait I
 Photo courtesy of  Schneider's Family Business

Photo courtesy of Schneider's Family Business

MakeMoves is the overarching philosophy.

I’m a family man, Web Designer, photographer & entrepreneur who gets a lot done without multitasking. Originally from Maryland, I now reside in Germany where I’ve acclimated and lived pretty good since 2004.

After many years of working in the IT field with no sense of purpose, I took a look at how I spent most of my time while away from work. It happened to be with family, engaged in photography & writing, studying entrepreneurship, and generally looking for ways to live a full life while giving something back to the world.

The obvious choice was to step back a bit and engineer a better life, so I took the leap and walked away from the 9-to-5 life forever. No shame in a self-imposed course correction. No regrets either, as those are not very effective on the road to lasting progress.

I believe life is a gift that we should not waste. We’re all born with a purpose which must be discovered and developed in order to make a positive contribution to the world, and to become the best version of ourselves. One of the best ways to accomplish that is by putting ideas into action.

Too many people sacrifice their innate genius to unfounded fear. I heard some great advice once that "Fear or anxiety is a barometer that tells me I know I'm going in the right direction." In the estimation of my own life thus far, I find that to be true. So, when I feel fear setting in, I welcome it as a message that it’s time to make a move; to test my perceived limitations and evolve.

Call this site an experiment that all should undertake in some fashion. I’m a private person, but I choose to make a few things public here. My struggles, successes, failures, thoughts, growth, business ventures, creative ideas, etc. I’ll lay it bare here for criticism, support, and to serve as an example for anyone on a similar path.

I like to think of myself as not having fears anymore, just concerns. Fear can paralyze and make you non-productive. Concerns are identified and worked through.

Photography is the language.

Of all the arts, photography is the one I identify with the most. Specifically, I’ve been captivated by portraiture since a child, and I highly doubt that will ever change.

People in general interest me, as I'm always fascinated (and often perplexed) by our compassion, beauty, and appetite for destruction; we're a complex species. For those reasons--and after the initial phase of shooting any and everything--I've come to realize that documentary photography is what I'm drawn to, so that's what I do.

Being able to freeze the nuances of human interaction with the world at any given moment is extremely powerful to me. Film, digital, the various genres, prints, history, education, equipment, I love it all--except selfie sticks. Through photography, I’ve also been able to connect with people I might have never spoken to or crossed paths with otherwise. It's one of the few things I can get lost in for hours without realizing it. To that end, I decided to build a life, business, and community around this thing I love.

Contrary to status-quo or anyone's opinion, we all owe that to ourselves in some form no matter where we're at in life. I’m eager to build this, have some fun, and watch it turn into something remarkable. I hopefully I'll inspire others to do the same.