Photographing from the top of a sailboat mast in 2015.

Photographing from the top of a sailboat mast in 2015.

Alan Southard

The day I was born, my father bought a camera for baby pictures.  I only remember him using it once, but I was fascinated by that Nikon FE.

When I was 15, I dusted that camera off and photographed my friends. I was fortunate to have a friend who was signed with a model agency.  I spent my summers photographing her, recreating magazine advertisements.

That was twenty years ago, but I still love capturing beauty with a camera. Today, I live near Detroit, Michigan with my wife, two children, and a very old dog.