In this modern era, with every fast-paced moment that we see pass us by, an image has never lost its value. It's with this mentality that I've set my own personal bar for each photo session. Having worked with people, one on one, for the past 13 years, I've grown accustomed to the connection. This, is what my images are all about. Anyone can take a picture and hit the nail on the head every so often. My goal is to meet and exceed your wildest image expectations, while forming a bond that lasts much longer than your photo session ever will. Throughout my career, I've worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world - both current and former celebrities - while maintaining a day to day working relationship with everyone from children to students to families. It really doesn't matter to me who I'm working with, because each person is different, bringing with them their own unique characteristics that help to mold the way I shoot my images.
My background in photography started while working backstage with musicians as a hairstylist for many years. As one creative endeavor morphed into another, I found that my true passion didn't involve a pair of scissors in my hands, but instead a camera and lens. Through the music industry connections, I began photographing concerts, in their dingy and low-light scenarios, then I moved towards landscapes after enduring a battle with cancer. The feeling of isolation while out in nature was incredibly therapeutic to me and I started tinkering with self portraits during this stretch, realizing that what I really loved was photographing people and helping to tell their stories, much like I had my own during the aforementioned cancer battle.
Like a lot of people, I bought a camera and figured I could start taking photos of things I liked, hoping that an image would turn out cool for every few shots I took. I never thought I'd fall in love with it like I have. My first DSLR flew out of my bag and broke, causing me to upgrade to a slightly better model. From there, I maxed out the capabilities of that Nikon, sold it, used the money to upgrade again, and by then, I was all in. That camera became my sidekick for the next 2 years before I purchased another with the help of a friend. I purchased lenses, sold lenses, used the money to buy new lenses, and finally figured out what kind of setup I liked as a photographer. Basically, lots of trial and error.
My current setup is a mix of digital and film, with the anchor pieces being Canon made or mounted. I use a Canon 5D Mk III as my main body, a 1D Mk IV as my backup, and a Nikon D700 because it is my favorite camera ever and it produces incredibly focused photos. My favorite lens to use is a 50mm Zeiss Milvus. However, I also love fitting old manual focus film lenses onto my cameras, most notably a Russian made Helios 58mm. It is by far, my favorite lens to work with, if I've got the right backdrop and a subject willing to sit very still. For film, I shoot both 35mm and Medium Format. My Yashica Mat 124 G is my favorite camera of the film pieces, thus why it's silhouette is my logo image. There's something about having to be cognizant of how many shots you have, which has thoroughly helped me develop my patience as a photographer. What you shoot, you have to live with, so film helps to really ensure that when I'm shooting digital, I plan and compose, rather than firing away like a semi-automatic weapon.
In post, I catalogue and edit my RAW photos in Lightroom, transferring some over to Photoshop for certain tweaks and enhancements. In certain cases, depending on what my images need, I'll add some finishing touches in the desktop version of Snapseed. Before all of this however, the image has to be captured in camera. I don't rely on a lot of tricks. If the image sucks, I can't do anything to it. My photos aren't a rescue mission. If it can't be saved, I won't even try. The most important thing is being ready for any scenario, the lighting changes that accompany any uncontrolled shoot and the many different types of personalities that I am blessed to work with.
It's with that, that I invite you to reach out to me. I would love to work with you, creating lasting images that you can enjoy and share for years to come. I love what I do and I hope that as you have a chance to work with me, you'll see just how much I do.
Please feel free to e-mail me for current rates, availability, and package information. I would love to get to know you and answer questions you may have.