I'm a self taught photographer from Manitowoc, WI now living in Yokosuka, Japan but will eventually reside in El Paso, TX. I shoot mostly stock photography and my photographic interests vary. Currently, I'm a stock photo contributor for Adobe Stock, iStock by Getty Images, Shutterstock, and a few other companies. My photos appear in numerous publications, visit Stock Photos in the menu to view some of them.
Prior to photography I served in the US Navy Music Program for 30 years. It was incredible to serve my country doing something I loved and visit much of the world in the process. After retiring from the Navy, I spent a few rewarding years as an adjunct US History professor. However, my initial interest in photography began shortly after joining the Navy in 1981 but was short lived because film photography was just too expensive. Being younger and smarter than I am today, I felt it was more wise to spend my money on beer and pizza while living in Europe rather than waste it capturing life's beautiful memories through the art of photography. What a piece of work I was; regretfully, I sold my Canon AE1 Program. My career in Navy Music had me on the road throughout the US, Europe, and Asia but I did little photography. Finally, in 2006 I became interested in digital photography and have been hooked ever since. The learning curve of a camera is much like that of a musical instrument and I'm learning something new every time I pick it up. Photography has been both humbling and challenging to say the least.
Every day I attempt to apply the lessons learned from years of playing musical instruments and apply them toward the camera. As a musician since the mid 1970's, I was fortunate to play with incredible people (see my Fandalism page). I've learned that a musical instrument and a camera both require practice to improve. You can take lessons, but again, it's the practice... Photography now fills the part of my life once occupied by music. That's why I say, "I'm a former musician, trying to use the creative part of my brain with a different instrument." When out shooting, it's normally with my wife and kids; without my wife's support this little obsession would be just something else I'd just like to be doing. 💖 This profile photo was taken by my ten year old daughter.
My photos are available for purchase, just look for the "BUY" button to get started; watermarks will not appear on purchases. There is also my BLOG (BillChizekPhotography.net) where I write about gear, travels, where I'm shooting, or back stories on some photos. I'm on a photo journey with no clients, deadlines, or office; just a retired Navy guy with a camera in the bag and the time to shoot! Please feel free to contact me, comment on photos, or sign the guest book.
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