Where did you learn photography?
My first job was in a portrait studio at age 16. I then studied photography in college, at countless workshops and by assisting/producing for various photographers over the years, most notably Al Satterwhite, the Nikon legend.
What other kinds of photography have you done?
I was mostly involved in the advertising and music industries prior to weddings. If it weren't for one of my contacts at A&M records asking me to shoot her wedding, I might still be shooting that type of work. Who knew this could be so fun and rewarding?
Were you always a photographer?
I have been involved in this business in one way or another for my entire adult life. Along with being behind the camera I also spent many years modeling and acting in television commercials. That experience taught me how to work with people on camera.
A partial list of national commercials:
- Liberty Mutual
- Good Seasons
- Denorex (yes, I felt the tingle)
- Soft Soap
- Tourist Board of Mexico
- American Express
What else should people know about you?
I did professional standup comedy and improv for a number of years. Little did I know that that experience would prepare me to be a better wedding photographer. I am now confident that I can walk into a roomful of strangers and get them laughing.
Tell me something unexpected.
I became ordained on the internet and am certified to conduct wedding ceremonies in the State of California. I believe that would make me the ultimate 2 for 1 photographer. I can only imagine the shots I could get from that angle.
Where was the most beautiful wedding you ever photographed?
I have photographed weddings in over 20 different cities, in 5 different countries, on 3 different continents and I have loved them all (well, there was that one....). To me it isn't the location that is beautiful but the spirit of the couple.
Where have your wedding images appeared?
- Entertainment Tonight
- The Knot 2008 Best of Weddings Pick
- The Knot 2007 Best of Weddings Pick
- Susie Coelho Style Your Dream Wedding Book
- People Magazine
- Instyle Celebrity Wedding Issue
- Here Comes The Guide, book cover
- Here Comes The Guide Magazine, cover
- New York Times
- Inside Weddings
- Bride and Bloom
- Special Events Magazine
- Darkroom Magazine
- Stern Magazine (Germany)
- OK! Magazine (England)
- Dag Allemaal Magazine (Belgium)
- Instyle Magazine (Australia)
- Instyle Magazine (Germany)
- Chi Magazine (Italy)
- Huisgenoot Magazine (South Africa)
- Lecturas Magazine (Spain)