1987-1988: I loved making movies as a kid playing around with the video camera taping activities like water skiing, hunting, cliff jumping at the quarry, and short "skits" with family and friends. My first movie was a music skit entitled "The Swim Team Shuffle" filmed in 1987, where I wrote a music skit starring my friends from the swim team. I was the writer, director, editor, and I acted in it as well. I had so much fun with this, I decided "then" it could be a potential career.
1988-1992: So, I enrolled into film school, and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video.
1993-1995: Ship's Photographer aboard Carnival's Fun Ship Tropicale and "Festivale" based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. As a ship's photographer, I was taking, developing, and then selling the color photographs to the ship's passengers. With my love for snorkeling, I implemented selling underwater photographs of passengers during their island excursions like Buck Island Tour and Coki Beach Scuba Diving Tour(St. Thomas), Trunk Bay (St. John), Bajan Queen and Jolly Rogers (Barbados). I also was the principal wedding photographer for American weddings to take place on the beautiful and scenic "Magens Bay" beach of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
1996-1997: The concept of operating my own video production and photography business was established, but I only owned one video camera, and two 35mm still cameras, one of which only worked good underwater. I would need more equipment! So I started saving and planning ...
1998: I officially opened First Take Video Productions in January of 1998. The first few years was all it took until word got out, and by the end of 2000, I made the move to "full-time" videographer. My studio produces ANY TYPE of video that you need, and can convert analog tapes to digital among many other things. Whatever type of video service you need, just remember to look no further and to choose First Take Video Productions ... because you may never get a second chance and we always get it right on the "FIRST TAKE"