I have a unique optimism and view of the world. Since before I can remember, I’ve been stopped in my tracks by beautiful moments. Be it turning a corner and seeing a tree covered by tiny purple buds, or looking up to see magenta clouds gilded by a setting sun, these winsome moments have called to me and affected me profoundly. To this day, these memories bring back an overwhelming flood of emotion. When I began pursuing photography I realized I'd finally found a medium that could show the world my unusual and quirky perspective.
In the course of my work, I find the tools I use are inspired by my subjects. Be it an old Rolleiflex from the 50s, a vintage bellows Polaroid, a cheap plastic Holga, a professional Digital SLR, or even an iPhone app, each subject has a corresponding format that best captures my view of it. Using a number of techniques, my goal is to bring my viewer in and affect them as profoundly as those first memories affect me. I do this by using a very narrow depth of field, color context and color psychology, and a high level of contrast, all of which are characteristics of my particular style, and emphasize and accentuate the beauty of the subject.
With both film and digital, I find inspiration in the darkroom. Either by using enlargers or making contact prints, I find that the darkroom is an extension of who I am as a photographer. This is why I offer hand made black and white prints. While making each print, I find a new facet to my work, and see new details that even I might otherwise have missed.
I've become a wedding photographer because of the thrill of the unexpected, the inherent drama, and the love and passion that goes in to planning one single day. These characteristics make photographing weddings challenging, exciting, and joyful. I love that no two weddings are the same. I find myself drawn to subjects of great beauty that might otherwise be missed and these are plentiful in every wedding I shoot. These undeviating aspects, more so than any tool or technique, are what make my style uniquely mine, and what make me want to be a photographer.