A little about me
I spent about ten years in retail, mostly in home improvement stores and attended college toward the end of that time. In 1996 I graduated and entered the aviation field with NetJets in Columbus, Ohio where I grew into training and development roles. After a layoff in 2009 I worked in the manufacturing, marketing and financial services industries, all in corporate training settings.
Then in October 2017 I joined UPS as a Technical Supervisor of Training Program Development in the pilot training center. It's so nice to be back in the aviation training field and with a great company! For more information about my professional side, feel free to visit me on Linked In at www.linkedin.com/in/alwhicker.
I have a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Ohio State University with a major in aviation management, and along the way I earned my Private Pilot and Aircraft Dispatcher licenses, too. I also have professional certifications in instructional design, training management, facilitation, and others from companies including DDI, MHI Global, and Langevin.
FlyingIn the mid early 90's as I got serious about my career, the real motivator was my passion for aviation, especially flying, and I earned my Private Pilot certificate while I attended college. It was too expensive to keep going with flight training, so I only flew occasionally after that until 2003 when we were expecting our first child. Once we went down to a single income, flying came to a grinding halt for over 16 years.
Recently as I got to know many pilots at UPS, the old flying bug coming roaring back and I couldn't resist the call back to the air. So I renewed my medical certificate and in the Spring of 2019 I joined a group of guys to own a share of an old but well loved Piper Cherokee and started flying once again.
So today I can share my love of flying with my kids, travel to visit out-of-state family more easily (it is faster that driving, after all) and continue training for the Instrument certificate and maybe even a Commercial license. Who knows where the story will lead!
I've enjoyed photography since the mid-90’s when I took a beginners class in college, in which we learned the fundamentals, using manual 35mm cameras and doing darkroom film developing. Since then I’ve self-taught by taking classes, working with others, and doing lots of reading and practice. Early on I used Pentax cameras like a P-30t and a PZ-1p SLR, then switched to Canon with an Elan 7. I converted to digital in 2003 with an Olympus C5050z camera, and later upgraded to Canon products.
Today I do some paid work like portraits and events on the side, but the rest of my time behind the shutter is spent in parks, city and country locations, and occasional trips where I take pictures for the sheer enjoyment of it. My favorite subject (besides my family) is nature photography, but I'll shoot pretty much anything that looks interesting.
I currently use Canon Rebel T5i and XTi SLRs and a trusty Canon G15, my everyday carry-around camera. On the “darkroom” side, I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop on an iMac, and play with One 1's Perfect Photo Suite from time to time. I have a modest basement home studio, with a few monolights, umbrellas, soft box, reflectors and backdrops. It's great when the Midwest weather makes outdoor shooting difficult.
Faith and Family
My career and photography are big in my life, but those don't define who I am. My beliefs and core values are what really drive me. Everything revolves around my faith in God and the Bible; he is my beginning and end, and the reason I exist. I'm also a committed husband of over 24 years and father of two amazing kids. My priorities are God, family, work and ministry, home and hobbies. Some other interests besides photography include reading, hiking and camping, travel when I can, beaches, and coffee. Yeah, gotta mention I love good coffee!
So enough about me - thanks for reading! I hope this gives you an idea of who I am, and that you’ll find enjoyment in my pictures, as I do. All my best!