In his 33 year career in photography, Chris has printed thousands of portraits, worked on mural sized technical reprographics for some of Atlanta’s largest buildings, has photographed over 3000 products, ranging from cereal boxes to chain saws to lingerie models. He has photographed cheerleaders, rescue dogs, physical trainers and shot trail mix to gourmet delicacies. He has also conceived of, procured and constructed custom props for original illustrations, creating visually stunning photo illustrations and bold graphic elements for award winning page designs. He has crawled through tight underground passages on bat conservation stories, driven day and night on non-stop bicycle race stories, paddled sea kayaks for fishing stories and photographed backpacking through the Smoky Mountains for 70 miles carrying full photo and overnight gear for an Appalachian Trail series. He has covered missing persons searches, murders and train wrecks. He has been a cornerstone in the coverage and support from editing of the Masters Golf tournament for 18 years and managed photo technical operations for the AJC from 1995 to 2005 in addition to the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. In his 21 year career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he has been a darkroom technician, master printer, photo equipment manager, lab supervisor, studio photographer, staff photographer and food and drink photographer.
Chris received accolades and awards from the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism, Associated Press, Georgia Press Association for health topic photo illustrations and the Appalachian Trail Conference for his work on the Pulitzer nominated project documenting a 2100 mile journey on the trail. Chris’s award winning work has been published in the AJC’s weekly health section “Better Health”, Food and Drink, Living and Metro news sections. Chris has also been recognized for his work in the Best of Cox yearly awards. He has also proctored photo contest for the Best of Cox and most recently the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism.
As a third generation photographer in a family of professional studio and wedding shooters, dating back to the early 1920’s in Atlanta, Chris grew up surrounded by cameras, photographers and shop-talk at the dinner table. His initial interest in art directed his way to photo illustration and studio work and his adventurous side guided his interest in news, travel and adventure documentation.
Currently, Chris has qualified and is working with Dekalb County’s Interactive Community Policing unit. He Assist in neighborhood and area crime observation and surveillance as a volunteer patrolman for his precinct. Chris is also a recent graduate of the Dekalb County FEMA/CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training certification program through Dekalb County’s Emergency Management and Fire & Rescue divisions.
When not working Chris can be found mountain biking, sea kayaking, bicycle touring, or digging in his vegetable garden. Chris is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is available to work anywhere in the world.