I started my journey in photography when I was 15. I cant really remember what sparked my interest. I just remember telling my parents on the drive home from somewhere that I wanted to get into photography. I remember them looking at each other with that "Wait, really?" expression on their faces. Of course, when I first started, I had no idea what I wanted to take pictures of really and I definitely did not plan on making a career out of it. So I spent a lot of time out in the woods or exploring abandoned buildings taking pictures with my friend's Jake and Gant, who were also into photography. The years went by and I started taking photography more seriously. I worked in two different portrait studios. The first of which, was a high school senior portrait studio run by David Aldridge. David taught me classical lighting techniques. Working in a studio with flash systems was something completely new to me and I am so thankful I had the chance to learn from him. The second studio was a commercial photography studio. I was shooting and assisting on huge productions creating marketing material for restaurants, jewelry stores, and department stores. From there I started working the music industry as a photo journalist. While I mostly photographed bands and musicians for magazines, I also spent time on the road photographing the behind the scenes life of musicians. I never thought in a million years that I would ever end up photographing weddings. I always heard about how stressful they were and weddings always seemed to be kind of the black sheep of the photography industry. So here we are now, 2 years after shooting my first wedding. I am so thankful I have been able to share this journey with one of my best friends, Jacob Reynolds. As some of you know, Jacob was my second photographer and is now my trusty Video counterpart. I have had the time of my life shooting these weddings and getting to know people before, during, and after they tie the knot and say "I do". As a photographer, I am always striving to create photographs that tell a story, or tug at your emotions (Happy or sad), and ultimately, provide great people with something they can look at and love. 2016 was a monumental year for me and I am looking forward to 2017. I am looking forward to the challenges, the growth and the success both in my business as well as my talents as an artist. - Cheers!
Here are some of my favorite photos from this past year. Enjoy.