Introduced to photography at age 13 by Washington, D.C. photographer and family friend Dennis Kan, Patrick never shook the love of the image. Initially deciding to pursue a career as a photojournalist, Patrick saw the need to be more well-rounded due to the shifting state of print media.
Patrick attended Utah State University where he received bachelor degrees in both journalism and history and minored in political science. Patrick not only graduated with honors, but received multiple awards from both the journalism department and the university. Having excelled in the program, Patrick was asked to teach the university's photojournalism class while in his last semester as a student.
While attending Utah State University, Patrick worked for The Utah Statesman. Initially hired as a staff photographer, Patrick became the newspaper's photo editor before eventually spending his last year in Logan, Utah as The Utah Statesman's Editor-in-Chief. During his time at The Statesman, Patrick won several awards including Rising Star, and Journalist of the Year, in addition to awards for both photography and page design from the Utah Press Association and Society of Professional Journalist.
After completing his undergraduate work, Patrick decided that to be the best, he would have to learn from the best. Patrick researched graduate programs in photojournalism and applied to only one, Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in the E.W. Scripps College of Journalism.
Patrick considers his time at Ohio University a watershed period in his development, not just as a photographer but as a visual communicator. During his graduate studies, Patrick not only pursued the photojournalism curriculum, but also studied commercial photography, photo editing, and page design under some of the most respected individuals in their fields.
While attending Ohio University, Patrick worked as a photographer for the university's public relations and marketing department before accepting a position with the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where he worked as a photographer while overhauling the college's data asset management system.
During his stay in Athens, Ohio, Patrick also found time to serve as photo editor for Southeast Ohio Magazine, and maintained both commercial and institutional clients.
Patrick now works as a freelance photographer, writer, and visual communication consultant, though he regularly takes on design clients and teaches several workshops each year.
Patrick currently resides near Huntsville, Ala., and is available for assignment.