All my training was done on the job, in the moment working with some extremely talented people. I learned how to use studio lighting by getting involved with photo studios in my area and booking photo shoots with local clients through volunteering at events, meeting people, and handing out my business card. This led to a great deal of paid assignments and opportunities. I also advertised online using Facebook and Google Adwords to get my portfolio in front of as many people as I possibly could. Through the years I learned to photograph very small, reflective jewelry to entire living room sets that I needed to light up from scratch. My training has taught me to seek a consistent, clean, bright quality in my photographs while keeping true to color and texture with minimal dependence on software. I try to make my image as perfect as I can in camera before turning to software to help or enhance the image.
I absolutely love seeing the reaction of my clients when they get their photographs and knowing that I am providing a high quality product to them that they will cherish for years. I think photography is the invaluable and nothing creates as much meaning to people as great photographs.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done portraits, weddings, product, editorial, lifestyle, and event photography. Each experience offered me something new to learn, but I greatly enjoy taking portraits. I love working in a more intimate settings where I can take my time to establish a relation with my client and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I love to see their photos and their expressions while I talk with them, try to make them laugh and feel excited for their photos.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have been published by Seattle Magazine in 2016 for my photography work of Christmas lights at Leavenworth, WA.
A fun fact about this photographer
I used to be an avid surfer in California. I surfed in San Diego a lot, as well as Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz, and San Louis Obispo. I almost lost an eye once when another surfer collided with me.