Although it seems like I’ve been taking pictures my entire life, my path toward professional photography truly began with the impending birth of my first nephew. Blindly walking into a local camera store I emerged with an all manual 35mm camera and a few rolls of film, and was instantly hooked. The next few months I obsessively took pictures of everything (and I do mean everything) I could, producing some pathetic landscapes and blurry action shots as well as some black and white images of my grandmother in her home that are invaluable now. Very quickly I realized that while I appreciate interesting composition and artistry, it’s the soul and emotion in photographs that makes an image sing. For me, that is found in the human experience:
I am a people photographer.
One nephew eventually became three as our family expanded, and as babies turned into fast-moving toddlers I upgraded to a camera with auto-focus and then a digital SLR a few years later. Photographing my own family expanded to photographing for friends: engagements, weddings, new babies, and family portraits. After several years juggling an unfulfilling full time job with my burgeoning business I decided to pursue photography full time and enjoy every day I can create fantastic images for clients and pursue my passion.
In addition to my professional work I enjoy using my skills to give back. I am a participating photographer with the Littlest Heroes Project (now Inspiration Through Art), an organization dedicated to capturing memories for families with children suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. For more information please visit their site: www.inspirationthroughart.org Another organization to which I donate time is Operation Love Reunited, a non-profit volunteer organization that offers professional photography sessions to military families.
I look forward to hearing your story and working together to create an image that reflects the unique person you are.
“Life is like photography: you use negatives to develop.” -Unknown
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