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Phil was born in Mexico City, lived in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guatemala before coming Washington, D.C. around the age of 10. He has traveled all over the world and visited Europe on numerous occasions. He received a BA in Fine Art Photography and French from Southern Illinois University and the University of Grenoble in southern France.

Doing photography for over 40 years, Phil was inspired by both his mother, Anne, a graduate of the Art Institute of Geneva, and his father, Paul, a businessman and himself an avid photographer. Phil is an award-winning photographer with an unrelenting passion to push the envelope of photography to new and unexplored levels, which has resulted in some very unique and wonderful images. His motto is to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary and to challenge himself and others to constantly look around and study the endless possibilities photography has to offer.

Phil and his wife, Lisa, live in Knoxville, TN. where they have been enriching their community by coaching kids of all ages in gymnastics for the past 32 years with Premier Athletics. Together, they built one of the finest and largest gymnastics and cheerleading facilities in the country. Phil has the honor of having been inducted into 3 different Gymnastics Hall of Fames for his coaching. They have 3 beautiful kids, Ben, Morgan and Austin.