My strength is photographing people who are uncomfortable staring into a camera lens.
I understand. I’m one of those people. I used to shut down in front of a camera. Because of that, I never felt like the photos captured me successfully.
It was during my first portrait session, out in a beautiful park, when I realized that portrait photography was a meeting of my strengths: the ability to be easy and casual with others, my sense of humor, my problem solving, detail-oriented mind, and my endless fascination with variations of light and focus and color.
Photography records the holidays, the quiet, surprising moments when the light was perfect, that telling look in his eyes, when your child was a six pound, wailing miracle, when the entire family traveled across country, and when we begrudgingly posed for our dear mother who understood better than we did at the time, what a treasure one photo would become some fifty years later.
I'm also a composer, pianist, teacher, and a writer. Here's what I've been doing with my life so far:
The song Scott co-wrote with Joss Whedon, My Lullaby, was featured in Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Prideand was nominated for the International Animated Film Society's coveted “Annie” achievement award.
His musical, Das Barbecu!–a Texan retelling of Wagner’sRING cycle, premiered Off-Broadway in 1994 and continues to be produced internationally. His musical direction/compositional credits include: ACT (A Contemporary Theater) in Seattle, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Cleveland Opera, Seattle Opera, Empty Space Theater, Center Stage in Baltimore, and Goodspeed Opera House. In 2002, HappyPants!premiered at A Contemporary Theater, sharing its world premiere with The Lyric Stage of Dallas' production of ThePlexiglass Slipper. Blankity-Blank premiered at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and enjoyed a professional production at Theater Three in Dallas. Most recently, Busload of Blonds was work-shopped in NYC, starring Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson. The Lantern Room was work-shopped with Tony-award winning actress Faith Prince in the leading role. Other shows include, The Texas Chainsaw Manicurist, Lights, Book of James, World’s Fair Cruise, Dweeb Tales, The January Book, Peanutty Goodness, and Living Color, which premiered Off-Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman.
His short stories have been published by Foundling Review, Stanley the Whale, Lark’s Fiction Magazine, Literally Stories, and Devilfish Review. His musical compositions have been published by Samuel French, Disney, and Aberdeen Press.
He lives on Queen Anne with Bradley, Boo, and John, his husband of twenty-three years.