My father raised me on Classical and Jazz music in an attempt to become a classical baritone musician. At the age of 11 I discovered and played with, without permission, my father's 1968 Minolta slr camera. By 16, I had developed a love and passion for the art of photography, spending many hours in the local libraries reading about the theories and techniques of Adams, Weston, Cunningham and Avedon.
Since the mid 90's I have worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from food photography for Jewel Foods to product photography for Bosch Tools, JCPenny, and many others. It was during these intense years of commercial work that I learned more about the technical aspects of photography. I worked directly with clients and art directors to develop a plan, create a visual representation of an idea, and shape the message that would be conveyed, all while under tight timelines and budget.
Shortly after this time I went back to portrait photography just to have fun and get back to the basics. This is when I discovered a great lesson and a true calling. I learned that having 10’s of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and knowing the latest techniques had little to nothing to do with a great image. I started to realize that it was not only about being able to see and capture a beautiful moment, but more importantly help create a relaxed, fun, and natural environment that nurtured and allowed moments to be present.
My perspective and appreciation for life has been willed by my recent experiences to see monuments I never noticed before. This is my passion, to see those little details and expressions. For me it is important to encourage individuals, during a portrait session, to go out on a limb and know that it’s ok. It’s to see, accept, and appreciate what makes us who we are. Often, I have been told that someone sees a side of themselves that they have never seen before. I do not believe in over posing or making overly surreal images. It should be fun and relaxed to have your portrait taken. In the end I don’t want people to think of the picture—I want them to think of the moment.
If you were wondering, that is me taking a self-portrait with a remote control of my proposal to marry the love of my life. Of course I had to say I we were just going out to take a simple winter portrait.
$195 for 1 hr portrait session (within 3 miles of studio) $595 for up to 2 hrs. portrait session (within 60 miles of studio)
Children, Kids, Commercial, Portraits, Seniors, Wedding
Black & White, Candid, Documentary, Illustrative, Natural Light