Photography has been in my life since my first photography class at Tracy High School here in California. I attended San Joaquin Delta College majoring in Photography minoring in Physical Education and loved it. I started working for the Railroad during the summers to help pay for college. After graduating with an AA in February of 1967, I was almost drafted into the army, but joined the Air Force in September of 1967. In December of 1967 I married Anita Noceti and we had 3 children. Since I had a background in photography the Air Force had me continue being photographer and in June1969 I went to Vietnam as a combat aerial photographer until June1970. After being honorable discharge in 1971. I tried to find work as a photographer, but couldn’t. I had to go back to the Railroad to pay bills. In 1979 started a studio in Tracy, though I was doing some work out of my home from 1975. I still continued to working for the railroad.
I had the photography studio for 18 years until 1996. I photographed portraits, weddings, high school senior and other forms of photography. During this time I owned the Tracy Camera Shop for 3 years. In 1996 the Southern Pacific Railroad was purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad and I had to start working the Railroad full time or lose my retirement. I quit all my other pursuits and went back to the railroad full time until 2006 when I retired from the railroad and went back into photography, doing wedding, and portraits part time. I am now simi-retired and doing mainly event photography with some portrait photography, but no weddings. I started judging photographs for the Tracy Camera Shop and the Alameda County Fair, the student division. In 1995 I was Scuba certified and started doing underwater photography. I started traveling to different location to scuba dive, though my main location was Monterey because it was more reasonable. Monterey is where I was certified and it is cold water diving. Very difficult because of the wet suit you have to wear for the cold. Lots of kelp to contend with, but the beauty of the algae and kelp is worth the efforts. This is why most of my dives have been in Monterey. My first warm water dive was in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. I have dove Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji and most of the Caribbean. On my bucket list is the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Galapagos and Coco Islands. Now that I am up in age it will be more difficult. I have also travel to Italy and China, though I didn’t scuba dive. I plan to do more trips in the near future and more photography, so keep an eye on this website for more photography.