It took me a long time to realize I'm more of a collector than a director. Collecting stories is no different than collecting anything else and the ability to capture them and make photographs is just what I love do. Now as I'm a father and husband, collecting stories we make as a family truly makes me embrace this form of art and realize how important it is to me. I want to offer other people the same feelings and stories and collections of their own.
Photography, for me, started as a teenager documenting my friends and I making music (noise) in punk bands, traveling to skateparks, and riding BMX bikes in the woods. I knew these wild, crazy, and beautiful times needed documented so the camera gravitated towards me. I wasn't trying to make great photographs but just purely documenting the cool stuff we were doing. It just became very natural to me.
My professional career was jump started when I worked for IKEA. I transferred from Pittsburgh to Tampa, FL to train new employees and open their new store. I worked in customer services, installing displays, and operating forklifts. Eventually the PR team invited me to start photographing their events and it was all over from there. I'm a jack of all trades but photography always came out as the winner. I like to think I got lucky finding my calling this easy but I also work HARD everyday to better myself and my skills for my family and my clients to not only accomplish expectations but to exceed them.
I started this photography obsession back before the digital wave. Bulk buying disposable cameras, winding and reloading film, waiting days to see the photos after development. The insane anticipation and excitement getting those photos back from the lab. No social media to post on, but shoe boxes filled with prints of my memories. Then having friends over to look through them all and laugh and reminisce. That was life.
Then when digital cameras and social media starting becoming main stream we still kept those same traditions. If we went out for an adventure, we had rules that we couldn't look at the photos on the back of the camera until the next day. Because well, its way more fun that way and also we never wanted to be out of the moment.
I still carry that way with me. Your photos should be attached to real moments. The technical side of a photograph will never outweigh the emotion that a genuine photograph possess. The power of a photograph is to bring you back to that exact feeling and that's what I aim to do; to photograph your life as it felt, not as it looked.
After photographing over 250 weddings I've learned A LOT. We will celebrate with you all day but also make sure you have down time and privacy when needed.
Creating powerful imagery.
My goal in photography is for you to remember how that day felt, not just how it looked. No Pinterest boards or shot list here, just real genuine moments of your unique selves, family, and friends spending time together. It's the celebration of the connection that is already there but also the beginning of many many more memories together. There will be times we will guide you along but we prefer to create an environment where you can truly be yourselves and magical moments happen naturally. And that, I believe, is how the best art is made.