After discovering the magic of developing black and white photographs in a small red lighted darkroom, Chad was hooked!
His instructor took note of his artistic talent and communication skills and made him his classroom aide.
One of Chad's high school projects involved photographing poor migrant farm-workers. His image earned first place in a city wide photography contest. The Mayor of the city presented him with his first blue ribbon and a cash prize.
When he was 18, an elementary school principal hired him to generate photography classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Chad converted the school library supply room into a darkroom where he taught students how to make photograms.
In the Spring of 1975, Chad opened his first studio.
A world renown children's photographer noticed his work and invited him to be an apprentice. While working for this photographer, a classic retouching artist took a shining to him and taught him the finer elements of classic retouching from the 1940's so he could add the finishing touches to his portraits. He also attended the University at San Jose and earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.
His work was featured on the Cover of a San Francisco Bay area magazine: "Infants to Teens" and the front pages of "Kids! Kids! Kids! newspaper. He donated a portraits to raise money for adoptions with the Children's Home Society agency. Astronaut William Anders (who read the Bible from space in Apollo 8) hosted the auction and commissioned Chad to photograph his family.
From 1992 through 1995, he lived on San Juan Island and operated a portrait studio in Friday Harbor where he also taught as an instructor at Skagit Valley Jr. College.
Chad has operated Northwest Photographic Arts in Coeur d' Alene for the last several years where he specializes in wall portraits of children and their families.
Northwest Academy of Music hosts his scenic gallery called Glory of the Earth in the waiting room of their Music School.
Chad is sought after to judge photo contestants at the Kootenai County Fair and other photographic competitions.