How did you get started in photography?
was a little bit of a late comer to photography. My parents got me a point and shoot camera when I was a kid, and I took some pictures, but they were horrible, and I really didn’t have much interest. When I was a junior in high school, I discovered my parents old manual film camera and started playing around in the dark room. That’s when it really clicked (pun intended), and my interest took off from there. I shot my first wedding in 2005, and haven’t looked back.
What do you love about wedding photography?
The list of what I don’t love would be much shorter. I find almost every aspect of photographing a wedding to be invigorating. Probably the most rewarding part is being invited to participate and witness a very important event in my client’s lives. I love people watching, and capturing the interactions that happen between not just the couple, but also their families and friends, many of whom are meeting for the first time.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Wrangling people for group photos is usually a bit of a challenge. I refer to it as ‘herding cats’ for a reason. We always get it done, but getting 20 people together and all smiling at the camera for a family photo is probably the hardest thing I’ll do on a wedding day.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
Visually, my style is very crisp, clean, and colorful. I do some black and white edits, but for the most part prefer vibrant color. From a content standpoint, I like to capture the quirky and unusual, as well as images with strong emotional impact—be it funny, sad, romantic, etc. Ideally, I want my images to make the viewer stop and think for a moment.
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 the two dogs, or working on our charmingly vintage home, which has a never-ending list of projects.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Having a reasonably well planned timeline and somewhat sticking to it is very helpful. Things don’t need to be planned to the second, but having a general idea of what happens when is very helpful to me.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
My images have certainly improved drastically from a technical standpoint, and I tend towards a cleaner visual style then my earlier weddings. I would say the kinds of images I create hasn’t changed significantly since about 2007, when I really started trying to capture the more quirky and emotionally charged images I strive for today.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Interesting people in interesting places, how couples interact. Bottom line, it is the endless variety of individuals I get to meet and interesting events I get to experience that keeps me going.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I still plan to be here in Freeport, creating great images for awesome people. Currently, over half my clients are from out of state, which is great, but I really look forward to meeting more local couples and families and building lasting relationships with them through my business.