Fred was supposed to come down to Fallbrook for a visit and breakfast last week but was hospitalized when he started feeling bad.
Fred had a long and successful professional career, he owned a company that did large event registration after a long tenure in the hospitality industry. Loved to ski as a young man.
Fred was also a top notch portrait photographer. The best I personally knew. It was not just the technical aspect that he mastered, he had a way of making his models feel easy and comfortable, developed a wonderful rapport with them and made them feel good about themselves. That is a talent in itself. Admirably, photography was an avocation he developed late in life and he learned everything he could in order to make himself better.
And may I say he had an eye for very beautiful models. He actually came from a long line of photographers in his native Idaho. He worked very hard to get better and better at his craft.
Fred invited me to his studio on several occasions and showed me the finer points of lighting theory. I really appreciate all of his help and will remember our shooting trips to Joshua Tree and Borrego Springs with Ken and Fred with fondness.