A special thanks to Allen Batt (BattMan) & Robert Milazzo. I met Allan at the printing press my dad worked at. I told him I loved photography and was eager to learn. I started assisting him for free to try and gain experience. Allen was very generous with his time and it was fun helping out on the weekends. He even gave me a couple of small jobs to do for him. That little bit was all that was needed to get the gears turning more in my mind. I found Robert Milazzo thru an Art Book, back in the day photographers would pay big bucks to get their work in these books in hopes that Art Directors and Editors would hire them. He also gave me a chance to assist even though I didn't know a lot. Robert's studio was a faster pace of things, at the time he photographed mostly TV Soap Stars. While I was still learning, I would often get sent out of studio to pick up supplies, while another more experienced assistant helped in the studio. I wanted to be in the studio so much I started rollerblading to pick up supplies and props etc. It was a great work out and I could often beat the taxis. The picture on the left really happened. I can't thank these guys enough. Sure I busted my ass and did my best to be a good assistant. Allan photographs food these days for his cookbooks. You can see some of his beautiful photography in his books at ineedthisbook.com.