Billís interest in photography began in junior high school when he set up a darkroom in his parentsí basement. That interest continued over the years as he explored different approaches and formats, including video at both amateur and semi-professional levels, but always remained secondary to the needs of career and family.
His lifelong interest blossomed in 2002 when his early retirement from college administration gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in photography, and the advent of digital SLR cameras offered new opportunities to express his creativity. He started a successful photography business after finding he enjoyed capturing the feelings, moods, and candid moments at weddings and events. He also loves creating images of landscapes, urban settings, and wildlife.
Regardless of the venue, Billís goal is always the same; to photograph something that moves him in a way that shares that emotion with the viewer. He is active in the local arts community and his work has been recognized through awards and acceptance into juried shows. Whether bicycling across Europe with a camera strapped to his back or shooting scenes at a local park, Billís enthusiasm for photography is infectious. He sees it as the perfect medium for a guy transitioning from button-down shirts to jeans and sneakers.