Background: Hello and thanks for visiting. Here’s my story in a nutshell: 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. So 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 Julia Dean Photo Workshops (which I highly recommend).
Style: My philosophy is that there is light in every being, and it is my responsibility to find and capture it. At weddings, parties and other 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! For headshots and 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.
Noteworthy Experience: Based in Los Angeles, I have had the pleasure of photographing celebrities. Some significant experiences include: a personal portrait session 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 and 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 specialize in weddings, parties & events, portraits and headshots, and I love a fun commercial shoot, whether it involves fashion or interior/exterior design. I truly enjoy being on set, and have photographed behind the scenes stills on many occasions, including a recent Microsoft Tablet commercial with some of the best dancers in the country. Last but not least, I love to travel for weddings…and no, I’m not afraid to fly.
Equipment: My gear includes both the Canon Mark III and Canon Mark II Digital SLR cameras. My favorite lens to shoot with is the 24-70mm f-2.8 Canon L-series lens, and I also own the 50mm f-1.4 lens, the 85mm f-1.8, the 28mm f-1.8, and the 70-200mm f-4 Canon lens. I use the 580EX II Canon Speedlite flash 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 yet focused energy and the intention of capturing gorgeous images that are truthful and captivating. I use top of the notch gear in order to produce highly professional images. After the shoot, I use Lightroom and/or Photoshop to edit all the images, selecting the best ones to deliver to you and then color correct each one so that they look their absolute 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 with nostalgia for the rest of your life.
Thank you for stopping by. I’m profoundly grateful to able to carry my creative passion into my professional life and value each and every one of my clients. I forward to sharing my vision with you!