Twelve years ago, I didn’t know how to use a camera. In fact, I didn’t know where mine was, half the time. Most everyone had transitioned to digital cameras by then, but given that I barely used my film camera, I didn’t see the point. Family vacations would come and go, and I would buy the wrong film or even just forget to carry the camera along when we were out. And the first time I ever sold something on eBay? I had to borrow a digital point-and-shoot from a friend, and ask him how to use it.
Crisis came our way though, and our family-story began to take a different direction. Suddenly, having pictures of my kids – then 8, 5, and 2 – meant everything to me. I borrowed a camera from a friend one weekend so I could snap some images of my boys, and that’s when it started. I fell in love with photography and even thought to myself, “Maybe I could make a go of this…” So I took the leap and bought a used, entry-level camera online, and spent every spare minute teaching myself to shoot. Four months in, I had my first paying client; and these many years later, I’m still as excited about shooting as I was then.
It’s been quite a ride. But for as much as I’ve learned and accomplished, one thing hasn’t changed – I haven’t forgotten what it felt like to hang that first black and white print on my wall, knowing I had marked time in my story and captured something significant for my family. And that same passion carries over to the individual and commercial clients I serve now.
Your images matter to me. I know they have they power to motivate and inspire, persuade and inform. And they’re a powerful part of shaping your image, of informing the ideas people have about you and what you do. I look forward to working with you, to helping you tell your story, connect to your audience, and move them to action.
These are some images I shot (but have since re-edited) of my three boys back then!
And this is where we are now! Ages 21, 17, 14, and the little guy on the end (6 years old) completes our tribe.