My Style: At weddings, my role is to tell a story through imagery. I love to photograph real love. There is no truer form of energy and when it’s apparent between a couple, you can see it instantly. I am looking for couples who are truly in love and want their story told through images. Through art. Through creative, authentic moments. Zero cheese. Your wedding day is not just any day. It is one day that is dedicated to you and your loved one. It’s my job to encapsulate that and make it last forever. My home base is LA, but I travel worldwide.
For portraits, my intention is to capture the true essence of whoever is in front of me. I enjoy shooting indoors and outdoors and have the wherewithal to do both. I like to have fun on the job and make my clients feel comfortable and at ease. Music is often involved. I encourage people to be themselves in front of the camera, relax, and enjoy the experience.
I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they hate having their pictures taken! It happens before almost every portrait or headshot session. The beauty is that after every shoot that starts like that, that very same person tells me that they actually had fun and that the experience wasn’t what they had imagined it to be! It is completely normal to feel uncomfortable having your pictures taken. I even get uncomfortable when my photo is taken. As humans we tend to get extremely self-conscious when the focus is on us (no pun intended). That’s what I’m here for! I will give you guidance and direction, occasionally making silly jokes or playing games in order to make you relax and yes – actually ENJOY the experience!
At special events, my style is to take candids that tell a story of the occasion while capturing the occasional group shots that look best printed and framed!
My philosophy is that there is light in every person and situation, and it is my responsibility to find it and capture it.
Noteworthy Experience: Based in Los Angeles, I have had the pleasure of photographing celebrities. Some significant experiences include: several personal portrait sessions with Britney Spears and her children, Neil Patrick Harris on several separate occasions (including his surprise birthday party thrown by his partner David Burtka), singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in the studio with Ed Helms and Craig Robinson as well as during personal family events, Jessica Sutta (a former Pussycat Doll) during music videos and her cover art for her single “Again”, Bruno Mars, Seth Rogen, and LMFAO at a charity event (“Hilarity for Charity”), the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during a book signing and Kyle Richards in her home closet. I also often work with renowned wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela.
Equipment: My gear includes the Canon 5D Mark IIIs. My favorite lenses to shoot with are the 70-200mm f-2.8 Canon L-series lens and 50mm f-1.2 lens. In my camera bag you will also find the 85mm f-1.2, the 100mm macro, the 24-70mm f-2.8, and the 28mm f-1.8 Canon lenses. I use the 600EX-RT Canon Speedlite flashes and also own a professional grade Bowens light kit with 2 light heads and a stand for a custom backdrop.
What is included in your investment: I show up to each and every job with a fun and focused energy and the intention of capturing gorgeous images that are truthful and captivating. There’s a reason I didn’t choose a 9-5 office job. I like to be on my feet. I like to connect with people. I am extremely passionate about my art. I use top of the notch gear in order to produce highly professional images. My gear costs over $20,000 total- there’s a reason photography is not cheap! I am a professional and I offer professional prices. After the shoot, I use Lightroom and/or Photoshop to edit all the images, selecting the best moments to deliver to you so that they look their best. The editing process takes time when done properly and doesn’t typically happen overnight. I do my best to deliver your images in a timely yet thorough manner so that you are extremely satisfied with your final product: images that you can look back on for the rest of your life.
Background: For the majority of my life, I dedicated myself to soccer. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, then went on to play collegiate soccer at Colgate University in upstate New York. As soccer was no longer at the forefront of my life post-graduation, I was left with a significant void. I decided to do a bit of international travel and had a camera on me at all times to document my ventures. As fate would have it, I ended up moving out to Los Angeles and began working for Justine Ungaro, a dynamite photographer whose work I truly admire. I continued to take pictures, and found that doing so gave me that same spark that soccer had always given me. I purchased my first SLR camera and decided to make a career out of it. Although I believe that experience is the best teacher, I also took several photo courses at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (which I highly recommend).
Thank you for stopping by. I am grateful to able to carry my creative passion into my professional life and value each and every one of my clients. I look forward to creating with you.