Visuals to tell Your story
When you look back at your photos and videos, whether it be in a week, a year, or thirty years down the road, will they have told who you are? There's nothing more exciting to me than capturing peoples love, passion, family, adventures, and life's work. I get caught up behind the lens, and often develop a big grin while shooting. I take pride in translating my passion to take photos that make you feel like you're right back in a moment again and creating videos which show your story through the lens of your passion, vision, and love.
My start in photo journalism comes through in my style. I focus on getting to know the story up until shooting, understanding the vision, and scouting for potential, all as a study on telling the story in the truest way. Sometimes poses do capture a moment beautifully and there is pride to be taken in a well curated shot, but I love putting my subjects in motion. If I'm shooting for a blanket company, I bring a few beers and a couple friends out on a cold night, we'll start a fire, make some dinner, and wrap up in the blankets. So when I want to capture how one person loves another I ask them how they met and when they knew they were in love, I get to know what they think is fun and what causes their personality to come out and have them do those things. I believe it's better to put my subjects in motion and create a situation where people can feel natural rather than telling them how I think they will appear natural. So for me, it's less about curating a moment and more about creating the friendly space where the true moments will happen.
As far as post production goes, my first "edits" were done when I was in 7th grade in a dark room cutting negatives, experimenting with the enlarger to dial in a print, and dipping photo paper into chemicals, watching the images come to life. I remember the frustration of improperly exposed images and the pride in getting it just right. Now, I shoot with the same understanding as back then - post production is a way to draw out the actual scene, not create an entirely new one. My work brings me to amazing places and think it's most important to capture imagery in a way that brings you back to that place rather than back to editing on my computer. In camera, I focus on playing to the available light, shooting exposures with correct levels of contrast and saturation with the purpose and knowledge of how this will allow true colors and light to come out in post.
Through all this I get to travel, see, and do so much, but it's always the simple act of seeing people deeply care for another and be deeply happy themselves which brings out the best in my life.