At about 15, Phil learned he could make money as a photographer, he interned with a successful local photographer and did freelance work, which led him to doing public relations work, weddings (of course) and all the work that he soon felt lacked the creativity he longed for. In the midst of all this he also freelanced as a photojournalist. At 18 he began working as a photographer and Engineer for a U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (later the Department of Energy) and the Department of Defense, but found this to be far from what he wanted, he quit after 8 years!
Phil has always had a love and passion for photography, but drifted away from it on the professional level to pursue other career goals – photography became more of a passionate hobby.
Today, inspired by and working side-by-side with his first love "Anna," Phil has rediscovered his passion, striving to fulfill his dream as a Fine Photographic Artist. He aspires to capture the intimate details of life and nature that we often miss in our fast paced day-to-day humdrum. The flight of a pelican at the sea’s edge, the water droplets on a leaf, the images of a warship long retired, or the wonders of a remarkable sunset.
In July of 2007, Phil and Anna moved from San Diego, California to the beautiful small town of Libby, Montana so they could photograph the wonderous wildlife, mountains, and nature only found around Libby; one of the last frontiers of the U.S.
Phil believes that EVERYTHING has a spirit; trees, buildings, rocks, and all those things that most people view as inanimate objects. Phil’s passion is to capture those spirits, through photography, for all the world to see - that even a rock has a spirit!