I started taking pictures in high school, in 1985. So much has changed over the years, the technology has gone from film to digital, and I have grown up and lost some of that shy awkwardness, but the thing that hasn't changed is my fascination with photographing people, and emotion.
Let me tell you a little about how I arrived at the decision to walk away from a twenty year career in Information Assurance to photograph your family or event. Every good photographer focuses on a subject that interests them, that they care about, and for me, that is human emotion.
Since 2011 my main subject has been Mixed Martial Arts. I have photographed over a thousand fights now. The reason I love shooting fights is partly the action, and partly that the fight community is full of so many wonderful people, but the real reason is that fight night is full of raw emotion. It may be an amateur fight with only a hundred people watching, but this is what a lifetime of training has led to, and someone is going to win, and someone is going to lose. No one has time to hide their feelings, and often, passion is the difference between winning and losing. As a photographer, this is my element. Every human emotion happens in and around that cage. I have been privileged to be a part of this experience.
Up until last year, I avoided shooting weddings. We've all heard about bridezillas, and frankly shooting weddings seemed like a chore. Then a friend of mine got married and I was asked to help out, mostly at the reception, and I discovered that weddings are like fights, without the bruises and blood. The whole range of human emotion, again, right there. That taste convinced me to try it for real, and I shot a few complete weddings. I am hooked. At each wedding, I texted my wife and asked "This is work? Why didn't I start doing this years ago?" Recently another friend got married, and as I was a groomsman, I didn't bring my camera. That's when it became crystal clear, because I wanted to be taking the pictures.
In addition to weddings I have enjoyed the opportunity to shoot some family events. These have been an opportunity to step into an event, meet the family, and get immersed in their personal culture. This is especially exciting with families that are so different from what I grew up with. Stepping out of what is familiar to me makes everything so much more interesting, and allows me to see what you take for granted. I don't feel that the family events I have shot to date had enough preparation. I look forward to getting to know your family before your event, so that I am not starting cold. I want to be able to jump in at full speed as the event starts, catch the special moments as the guests arrive, and experience the whole event from start to finish, and save those moments for you to remember for the rest of your life.
I also have had the opportunity to photograph some bands. Music has always been part of my life, and shooting fights showed me that the only thing better than going to a show, is being part of the show. I'm not ready to perform, I am learning to play bass, but I am far from stage ready, however, I can be part of any event once I have a camera. Musicians go on stage eager to share emotion with the audience, so it only makes sense that I am there to capture some of that emotion.
I hope that gives you a little insight into who I am as a photographer. I look forward to getting to know you, and discovering what emotions happen at your event. I have mostly focused on facebook up until now, but will be using other (better) social media going forward. Use the social media link at the bottom of the page to get to know me there.