Q&A from our Photo Pros
1. In what type of photography do you specialize?
2. What do you love most about your job?
Every couple that I work with is different, so every assignment is different. Going into a shoot, I never really know what the chemistry with my clients will be. The one thing they all have in common, however, is love and a meaningful relationship of some kind. This means that what I am trying to document is something that is dynamic, changing, and unique to each and every couple that hires me.
3. How would you describe your style?
Wedding photojournalism. Artistic documentary photography. Visual storytelling, with a twist of creative portraiture. There are many ways to describe what I attempt to do as a photographer.
Ultimately, I want to document the moments, the expressions, and the interactions with loved ones that define who people are, not simply what they look like. Not always easy to capture, these are the images that will be cherished not only by my clients, but by their children and their grandchildren.
4. What advice would you give to a novice photo enthusiast?
I think it’s important to figure out what excites you about photography. Making photos should be fun, and the learning never stops. If you feel challenged technically, take a class. Having a teacher or mentor is one of the best ways to start photographing the images you see in your head.
5. When you don’t have a camera in hand, what do you like to do?
Lake Tahoe, CA (where I live) is an outdoor adventurer’s ultimate playground. There are incredible biking and hiking trails everywhere, and surreal blue lake waters for swimming and paddling. And that’s just during the Summer. During the Winter months, we divide our time between skiing at the resort and backcountry ski touring both around Tahoe and in the Eastern Sierra.
6. What first got you interested in photography?
When I was growing up, my family had a subscription to National Geographic magazine. I spent countless hours laying on the floor, often with several issues at a time, working my way through images of people and places from every corner of the world. What hooked me from a very young age was the power of good photography to tell a story.
7. Are there other photographers you look up to?
In the wedding photography industry, there is an incredible amount of talent. It is truly humbling. I admire any photographer that shows a consistent ability to bring together the elements of light, composition, and moment in images that make you feel something, no matter who you are.
8. What is your favorite camera accessory/product?
Spare camera batteries. Photographing a wedding can take anywhere from 6 to 16 hours, often without many breaks. In one day, I take thousands of photos. Having a ready supply of camera batteries has kept me from missing important moments more times than I can remember.
9. What/who inspires you?
I am inspired any time I see an image that would not be immediately obvious to most people. Seeing images in your head is a huge part of making photos. If I see a photo that blows my mind, I can only imagine what kind of cool stuff is going on in the mind of the photographer.
10. In one word, what do you hope to provide to your clients?