Growing up along the Jersey coast in the '80s, I still hold a fondness for corny movies, cheesy video games and long sunsets. Not having as much technology gave me opportunities to be creative in the most basic of ways. Drawing, playing music, and writing poetry were a daily part of life for me. A school field trip allowed me the chance to borrow Mom's camera. Using mostly point and shoot film cameras, I loved photography from the first time I ever pressed a shutter button. However, I hadn't developed any of my skills to their fullest potential.
After graduating high school, creativity gave way to working in the real world. I followed in my father's footsteps as an auto mechanic. I became ASE Certified, and later, Master Certified. Of course my ambition, combined with my mother's business sense, drove me to explore other fields and even business ownership. Eventually, I would return to earning a living turning wrenches.
It wasn't until I met my wife, Kate, that I remembered that I had a creative side once. She inspires me every day to not only be a better person, but also a more creative one. Her strength and support has given me the courage to pursue my passion for photography full time. Having the opportunity to work together couldn't make me happier.
Dean DiAntonio - Photographer
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
- Elliott Erwitt