Who am I? I would tell you that I am first and foremost a professional. One with many, many years of experience in creating outstanding images. Ask my kids who I am and they'll likely say; "he's a big goofball". Ask my wife and she'll probably just roll her eyes and say; "he tears up watching an emotional tv commercial". All true.
But I truly pride myself on being a professional photographer. I’ve been honing my craft in one-way or another ever since I graduated with a degree in photography from one of the top photography schools in the country. Since then, I've worked as a commercial photographer, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and television producer/director. My career has taken me to every state in the union, most of Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. Along the way I've been honored to receive numerous awards for my work including two Emmys, Numerous Silver Reels and Telly awards and host of other awards that you've probably never heard of.
In 2008 I decided that I wanted to re-invent myself. I had spent my career working for other studios and production companies. Now it was time for me to open my own shop. I took a look at the industry and I saw that wedding photography had changed and I liked what I saw. There were some great artists shaping the look of modern wedding photography and I knew that I had the skills to be a part of that change.
Pictures are more than simply freezing the moment. The real art comes in when I manipulate and use lights to create an artistic interpretation. And this is what I enjoy and do best.
My skill in lighting is evident in nearly every image I produce. Especially when it gets dark, or it rains, or the DJ turns off the lights. What kind of photographer will bring lights with them even when shooting photos during the day?. This guy. That's who. Yes, it's more work but the results are worth the effort. I love to sit down with my clients and explain to them how I'm going to make their wedding photos come to life. This is usually followed by them nodding with little understanding of my techniques but they love the results. Just read a few reviews of my work and you'll understand.
Weddings are, by their very nature, a life event which unfolds in front of us. And just like life, we can't always control every aspect of events around us. My years of experience as a former television documentary film director and producer have given me the knowledge and patience to deal with unexpected events and turn them into opportunities. Add that to my experience with photographing over 100 weddings and there are not many challenges that I haven't seen and overcome.
Being able to choose my profession as a photographer has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I don’t take it lightly. I work very hard to insure that each and every client gets my very best work. And I do so with a great deal of patience and sense of humor.
So that's the professional me. The personal me is a family man, football fan (go Broncos!), wannabe rock star, sailor, golfer (one who is still hoping to shoot in the 70's someday), world traveler, movie and history buff and educator. I love kids and grandmothers. I love teaching others and helping them hone their photography skills. And I love real authentic Italian food!
However, if you really want to know what I'm all about, check out the testimonials that others have written about me. They tell my story much better than I do.