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Back in 2002, I had created a CAD/graphics contract company and had that running for some time when I realized I wanted a bit of a re-brand and realized that was a perfect time to bring in a piece I've always had a passion for -- photography -- even as early as grade school. Back then I started shooting the most random images using an old 110 film camera, and then later into high school and college, I could always be found carrying a trusty, but beat up 35mm camera. In short -- I've always been a photographer and it seemed like a no-brainer to bring this into the fold as well. Not surprisingly, within the last few years, this has actually taken over as the main focus of what I do today.

Most of what I do is often considered to be more artistic photography, though I typically am not limiting myself to one subject or even one style. I like to say that I shoot everything from landscape to macro, and everything in between -- if it catches my eye, it usually ends up captured in the camera too. I'm looking to capture a unique perspective on things I see or maybe even grab that fleeting moment in a time.

I am looking to continue growing the images I've captured and see and do more with my camera and investing some more into updating my equipment. I'm also looking to share my experiences and perspective with others and maybe help a few others grow their own skills too.

To give some idea of my work, here is a slideshow of some of my older images:

Tiers
Casual Fan
$2 or more per month
You're a fan and would like to help me create more. I'm glad you're here and thank you! At this level you'll get access to my patron only posts, participate in polls and we can discuss any of the images posted - how, where, etc. 
Enthusiastic Fan
$5 or more per month
I appreciate your enthusiasm for what I do! Thank you! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • one signed 8x10 of your choice from my work (print only)
  • access to occasional digital downloads (let me beautify your computer!)
  • shoutout on @dotstarstudios Twitter for being a patron
Friend of DSS
$10 or more per month
You probably know me IRL already, but if not let's rectify that. Either way, I'm calling you a friend. Thank you! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • one signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (print only)
  • 'Friends' discount of 20% off on any future prints purchased from me as long as you're a patron
Good Buddy
$15 or more per month
Hey there good buddy -- I see you! You really like my work! Thank you for the increased support! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • your choice of two more signed 8x10s or an additional signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • I'll let you come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media).
(Not So) Local Mentee
$25 or more per month
OK, so you're not nearby but I still see you're passionate about photography too -- I can still be helpful for you! At this level you'll get:


  • the shoutout on Twitter for being a patron
  • the 'Friends' discount 
  • your choice of two signed 8x10s or a signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • I'll let you come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos  (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media). 
  • monthly availability via email to discuss photography topics or questions you have
  • detailed critique/feedback of your photos, on up to three (3) images a month (preferably you send all three at once, links or images)
Local Mentee
$35 or more per month
You're in the Denver or surrounding metro area and I see you're passionate about photography too! At this level you'll get:


  • the shoutout on Twitter for being a patron, sharing a link of yours too if you like
  • the 'Friends' 20% discount as long as you're a patron
  • your choice of two signed 8x10s or a signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos  (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media). 
  • once a month meetup one-on-one, to discuss YOUR photography, get my feedback, etc. (2 hour limit, schedules allowing, 1st beverage on me!)
Newest Family Member!
$200 or more per month
Look, if you're willing to pay for this tier, you're welcome to come over for dinner on Sunday nights and you'll probably get cake and a card for your birthday. Don't expect to call me 'Daddy' however.

Seriously though, if you're looking to get into a higher tier, contact me directly and I am happy to find something beneficial to both of us.
Back in 2002, I had created a CAD/graphics contract company and had that running for some time when I realized I wanted a bit of a re-brand and realized that was a perfect time to bring in a piece I've always had a passion for -- photography -- even as early as grade school. Back then I started shooting the most random images using an old 110 film camera, and then later into high school and college, I could always be found carrying a trusty, but beat up 35mm camera. In short -- I've always been a photographer and it seemed like a no-brainer to bring this into the fold as well. Not surprisingly, within the last few years, this has actually taken over as the main focus of what I do today.

Most of what I do is often considered to be more artistic photography, though I typically am not limiting myself to one subject or even one style. I like to say that I shoot everything from landscape to macro, and everything in between -- if it catches my eye, it usually ends up captured in the camera too. I'm looking to capture a unique perspective on things I see or maybe even grab that fleeting moment in a time.

I am looking to continue growing the images I've captured and see and do more with my camera and investing some more into updating my equipment. I'm also looking to share my experiences and perspective with others and maybe help a few others grow their own skills too.

To give some idea of my work, here is a slideshow of some of my older images:

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Tiers
Casual Fan
$2 or more per month
You're a fan and would like to help me create more. I'm glad you're here and thank you! At this level you'll get access to my patron only posts, participate in polls and we can discuss any of the images posted - how, where, etc. 
Enthusiastic Fan
$5 or more per month
I appreciate your enthusiasm for what I do! Thank you! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • one signed 8x10 of your choice from my work (print only)
  • access to occasional digital downloads (let me beautify your computer!)
  • shoutout on @dotstarstudios Twitter for being a patron
Friend of DSS
$10 or more per month
You probably know me IRL already, but if not let's rectify that. Either way, I'm calling you a friend. Thank you! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • one signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (print only)
  • 'Friends' discount of 20% off on any future prints purchased from me as long as you're a patron
Good Buddy
$15 or more per month
Hey there good buddy -- I see you! You really like my work! Thank you for the increased support! At this level you'll get the same as the prior tier, plus:


  • your choice of two more signed 8x10s or an additional signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • I'll let you come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media).
(Not So) Local Mentee
$25 or more per month
OK, so you're not nearby but I still see you're passionate about photography too -- I can still be helpful for you! At this level you'll get:


  • the shoutout on Twitter for being a patron
  • the 'Friends' discount 
  • your choice of two signed 8x10s or a signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • I'll let you come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos  (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media). 
  • monthly availability via email to discuss photography topics or questions you have
  • detailed critique/feedback of your photos, on up to three (3) images a month (preferably you send all three at once, links or images)
Local Mentee
$35 or more per month
You're in the Denver or surrounding metro area and I see you're passionate about photography too! At this level you'll get:


  • the shoutout on Twitter for being a patron, sharing a link of yours too if you like
  • the 'Friends' 20% discount as long as you're a patron
  • your choice of two signed 8x10s or a signed 11x14 of your choice from my work (prints only)
  • come up with the permanent title of one of my future photos  (and give you a shoutout that you named it, wherever I post it on social media). 
  • once a month meetup one-on-one, to discuss YOUR photography, get my feedback, etc. (2 hour limit, schedules allowing, 1st beverage on me!)
Newest Family Member!
$200 or more per month
Look, if you're willing to pay for this tier, you're welcome to come over for dinner on Sunday nights and you'll probably get cake and a card for your birthday. Don't expect to call me 'Daddy' however.

Seriously though, if you're looking to get into a higher tier, contact me directly and I am happy to find something beneficial to both of us.