I still remember the very first photo I ever snapped: it was a picture of a squirrel under a tree. I was seven years old. When the photo came back from the lab, I could barely see that squirrel in the print because it was lost in the shadows. I was baffled. I clearly remember seeing the creature before I took the photo. Why did I not see it in my photo?
So began my eduction in photography. A few years later, after graduating from Brooks Institute, one of the top photography schools in the country, I emerged with the skills to produce a great image of a squirrel standing under a tree if I so desired.
I once told myself that I would never photograph a wedding. Too boring I thought. Who wants to snap photos of people standing around in tuxes and white dresses? Not me. No, I wanted to be a commercial photographer. Then I wanted to be a photojournalist. Then I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker. Then I wanted to be a television producer/director. And you know what? I did those things. For the last 30 plus years I was all of that and then some. I earned multiple awards for the work I created. I had achieved all that I set out to do.
But those things changed me. I had made a good living doing what I loved, but eventually I wanted something else. I wanted to go back to what I first loved about photography. I wanted to capture a photo of that squirrel and make it into a work of art. But there was not really a market for “squirrel photography.”
I took a look at how wedding photography had progressed. And I liked what I saw: the industry had changed. There was a new art form in wedding photography and I wanted to be a part of it. I saw a correlation between wedding photography and documentary filmmaking. I liked the challenge of producing outstanding images under difficult lighting situations. I wanted to work with, and be a part of, people’s lives on their happiest day.
I saw that squirrel standing under a tree and how I could produce a photo of a bride and groom that didn’t get lost in the shadows. I knew I could produce an elegant work of art instead of a snapshot.
I photographed my first wedding in 2008. Eighty plus weddings later, I still look forward to each wedding with the same enthusiasm and excitement that I brought to the first one. Delivering emotionally powerful images with uncompromising quality to my clients is my goal.
I do more than simply document your wedding; I create artistic interpretations that capture the essence and spirit of your day. Please look around my site. If you like what you see, I invite you to contact me and we’ll talk.
Let me bring out the squirrel in you.