Beau grew up in the Midwest and left to go to school in Colorado. He has remained in the west ever since, compiling a long eccentric resume of work experience and skills. He has worked as a photographer for 15 years shooting everything from large music festivals, to newborn infants. He likes the nerdy fun of spinning knobs and pressing the buttons of expensive rectangle image makers, but he loves working with people and telling a story even more.
Shooting photos is never really the same from one day to the next. It is always challenging to create a game plan for how you think it’s going to go, and then having to scrap that plan and make a new one a few times while making the whole thing look seamless. It makes taking photos really stimulating, that is if you like a little adrenaline rush which I happen to do. There is also so much to learn. I never studied photography formally, so I have had the opportunity to discover the art on my own, which has allowed me to keep an open mind about the subject. I am also constantly reminded that I have more to learn, which I think is good for all of us. It is also a job that I very much like to take home, so my life doesn't feel so compartmentalized.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done weddings, music festivals, families, portraits, real-estate, product shoots and even a birth. I think that with most shoots, it is important to get to know the client. Everyone is different, and requires a personalized approach. I really like shooting bespoke products for this reason. You really have to create a set of images that represents the artist in a personal way, and I think I have accomplished that by paying attention to the artist as well as their product. With people, I think it's less about getting "their good side," and more about listening and allowing myself to be led by the subject. In many projects, that has led to photos I never thought I would take and that the client appreciated very much.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I am considered to be the best photographer in my family by my mother.
A fun fact about this photographer
I sing and play guitar, harmonica, and some other random things. In my traveling years I busked on the street in many cities as well as Europe, Morocco, and Israel. I have also officiated a few weddings. One thing that I have semi-jokingly thought about was putting together a package where I officiate, photograph, and play music for a wedding.