“I believe in the story behind the picture.”
It took me a long tome for me to come around to truly believe this statement. I am nearly 43 years old and grew up in a place where making fun of each other was a sign of affection. I’ve always had the desire to make art since I was a little kid, but, growing up where I did that was never a 'realistic' way to make a living. So I went to business school instead where I immediately didn’t put my degree to work waiting tables in Las Vegas. In my twenties my father began publishing a senior/55+ monthly publication. Not exactly an exciting enterprise for me, but he needed help. With a 4MP Kodak camera and a pirated copy of Photoshop I spent months reading books and documenting local senior events with a point and shoot camera. It was the first time I can remember being excited about creating again.
It’s been a long and bumpy road ever since. I learned from mentors about shooting portraits and weddings. They taught me how use a camera, that ‘photo’ literally means ‘light’ and how important it is in ‘photography.’ I didn’t consider myself a confident person then but portraits and events call for confidence and commanding a situation, while having and delivering a great experience. This literally changed the person I was into a young professional, who spent a lot less time pulling all-nighter in bars.
While I was passionate about developing myself as a photographer I still had quite the rebellious streak in me. I worked with young couples starting lives together, raising families. I worked with professionals building serious careers and businesses where they employed people. I had the burning desire to get lost somewhere in the world with a backpack.
For 10 years I have balanced life between two lives. The clean cut professional photographer in Las Vegas and the dirty backpacker casually planning his next excursion abroad. It’s a juxtaposition for sure, but we all have our own journeys.
It took the important people in my life during this journey to help me realize the uniqueness of my experience. While I knew how to plan a shoot, compose a shot, light it, give it some post production tweaks that make my digital photos unique, I never emotionally connected to my images. It was the clients and life changing moments along the way that helped me connect with my work in a meaningful way.
I’m a little older now. There’s a little grey in my beard and I’m not quite as invincible as I used to be. But I still have a crazy desire to shoot and travel. I’ve been at this for a long time now and I enjoy more than ever sharing my journey with clients and new friends. The photo shoots and workshops offered on this website are a reflection of that sense of adventure. I hope you’ll come along for the ride. It’s going to be one you’ll never forget.