I am a Portrait, Event, and Sports Photographer, with an absolute obsession for photography, which goes well with my compulsion to give you the best photographs you've ever received. To me, an amazing photograph means not just capturing a photo of a person, but capturing a personality. A photograph should not be a mere documentation of a point-in-time. It should tell a story. Above all, it must evoke a feeling.
My mission to capture a truer image of you begins by first getting to know you. I want to know about your passions, your talents, and what fuels you. What makes you, you? These are the elements I will incorporate into your images. Do you like camping? Well, bring a tent. Do you enjoy fishing? Bring your pole. Football? Wear your jersey. Horses? Hop on! What about math? Heck, bring a calculator and we'll figure it out. These aren't generic props aimlessly thrown into a photo. These are the artifacts and avenues that drive one's purpose. The people, places, and things that we surround ourselves with can be the most significant aspects of our lives; let's capture that. But first, let's chat!
If there is a place that best represents who you are, then let's shoot there. I'd love to capture you in your element, whether it be your favorite fishing hole, the ice rink, a downtown rooftop, your garden, or anywhere in between. I specialize in on-location real-world photography. We live in one of the most gorgeous regions in this great country. There's no better backdrop than what mother-nature has to offer, and there's no better lighting than that big natural bulb in the sky.
There isn't much I wouldn't do to get the perfect shot.
I hope that I can be your photographer. Know that I am completely willing to get in the river and hike a mountain for my clients. See what they have to say on Google...
I fell in love with the art of photography in my junior-high photography class, in Park Ridge, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), using my parents' analog camera (remember film!?). My parents still have 8x10 prints of some of my first ever photography projects, which include shots of my little brother playing drums, a bridge-eye view of the bumper-to-bumper traffic coming out of Chicago as a low flying plane passes over, my friends on skateboards and BMX bikes, and my grandmother's garden/pond. I didn't know then where the camera would take me, but I knew I loved it, so I just kept shooting.
By the time I reached high school, cameras had shifted to digital, my life had shifted to Pennsylvania, and my school had just gotten Photoshop. My first digital photography art project was submitted to an anti-smoking campaign contest and ended up on a billboard in my home town! It's a pretty cool feeling knowing that your work has thousands eyes on it every day. An even better feeling is seeing one person's smile when you give them a show-stopping photograph of themselves, their family, their child, or their moment of glory. I live for that.
I am more in love with my camera than ever, and I can truly say, I love what I do.
I love taking photographs, and I'd love to take yours.
I AM A HUSBAND
My wife and I met at the gym one day. Three days later we went on our first date. Three months later, we were engaged. Three months after that, we were married.
They say, "When you know, you know." Yeah, they weren't kidding. We knew right away. I had never felt anything like it. She is my best friend, and my inspiration.
I AM A FATHER
I am a father to the funniest, sweetest, and coolest little dude I know. I don't know how, but every day he gets funnier, sweeter, and cooler. He is obsessed with "choo-choos" and if I could, I would give him all the choo-choos in the world. His smile heals my soul and his laugh could save the world. He's my best buddy, and he is my motivation. Did I mention he has a little sister due soon?
WE HAVE A DOG
And of course our family wouldn't be complete without Willie; the one and only. Willie's hobbies include eating mulch when nobody's looking, and being tackled mercilessly by our son. He's cute too, right?