It seems that “Doug” has always had a camera in his hands. At the age of 12, he borrowed his Dad’s Argus C4 35mm camera and he took some really bad street life photos, but it started a life long love affair with photography.
Doug was inspired by his father who spent a total of 37 years in the US Navy and the US Air Force, retiring as a Command Master Chief. He also retired as GS-13 from The Department of Defense, where he worked at NAS North Island as a Publication Specialist for the US Navy/Marines F4 Phantom II Fighter. In 1981, Doug went on to serve several years in the Marine Corps, where he did duty as a member of the Presidential Detail for President Reagan at historic Marine Barracks 8th & I St. in Washington D.C., and then later as a Grunt in the Marine Infantry.
After a few different careers after the Marine Corps, Doug became a professional nature photographer back in the early 1990’s and has been published world-wide, including Field Guides, magazines, Associated Press stories, and various other organizations and publications. In 2007, he started doing professional surf and motorsports photography, but in 2010, he suddenly realized that his calling was back to the Military and doing Aviation photography.
Doug currently is a photojournalist for the Military Press Newspaper, a photographer for the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar, a photographer for the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and a very proud member of Photo Recon.