David was born and raised in Chicopee and graduated from Chicopee High. He was retired after a long career with the Air Force and wondered what to do next. A friend suggested he take his love of photography and do something he would enjoy in his retirement. After a kind of unofficial internship with Turley, where he learned as much as he could as fast as he could, he became a regular for the Turley papers. He then started a web site www.sweetdogphotos.com.