is all about capturing people's reactions. That's what makes him a passionate Maine wedding photographer!
How did you get started in photography?
My beginnings in photography were not especially auspicious. I was given a point and shoot at age 12 or 13, and really had no skill at all, or real interest in learning photography. Around my junior year of high school, I picked up my parent’s old Pentax K1000 and some black and white film, and started experimenting in the darkroom. That is when it really clicked (bad dad joke intended). I photographed my first paid gig while I was in college, and the idea that I could make people happy while earning a living doing something I loved really appealed to me.
What do you love about wedding photography?
My favorite thing about being a wedding photographer is definitely capturing people’s interactions. I have always been a people watcher, so having an invitation to photograph a big day with lots of big emotions is amazing.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The unpredictability is both my favorite part and one of the hardest factors of the wedding day. Sometimes the hour we had planned for portraits becomes 20 minutes, or the gorgeous outdoor ceremony gets moved indoors for rain. Being able to work with these challenges is both difficult and rewarding for me.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I am not a strictly fly on the wall photojournalist, but I do also try not to be overly intrusive. I will make bad jokes and dance through people on the dance floor. For the more posed portraits, I typically will set up a simple pose, and focus more on the connection of the couple than on a perfectly posed photo.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
Most of my free time is spent with my wife, our two daughters, and two dogs. I also enjoy working on renovations and repairs to our 1900’s home, brewing beer, browsing antique shops, cycling (either mountain or road), skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and otherwise enjoying this amazing state I call home.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Just by being themselves, relaxing, and enjoying their day. I do my best work when couples almost forget I am there.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
I do a lot of commercial and product photography, and that has translated to cleaner, more graphic compositions. Stylistically, I would say my style has become more polished, but I am still photographing the same kinds of moments, and am inspired by the same sorts of emotions I was 10 years ago.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
I am most inspired by the connections between people, and by their stories. I love capturing those stories and sharing them, and knowing that the images I captured will someday be seen by the children, grandchildren, even great grandchildren of the couples I have photographed is extremely gratifying.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Weddings are currently about half of my business, with the other half made up primarily of product and other commercial photography. I love the variety this provides, and intend to continue growing both sides of the business. The top secret master plan is to grow enough to move in to a studio space and hire somebody to manage editing, marketing and other office tasks.