Growing up in a community with my dad the local wedding and portrait photographer it might have seemed a logical choice to follow in his footsteps. After all here was an opportunity to continue a tradition of documenting the most special moments in families’ lives, recording the real history of real people. But upon graduating the renowned Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles I headed to New York to pursue a life as an advertising and magazine photographer. Through a career that included covers of Time and US News and World Report as well as ads for clients from Fuji to Visa I was always searching for ways to bring the human and more personal touch to my photographs.
Throughout these years I’d had the opportunity to photograph the weddings of some of my closest friends. Shot with a 35 mm camera, mostly in black and white (which I invariably spent hours in the darkroom hand printing) I didn’t even realize at the time how treasured these gifts were. When I started photographing weddings full-time I quickly discovered that the couples I was meeting with were looking for the kinds of photos that I’d always shot for my friends: creative, unobtrusive and personal. In fact I had come full circle both personally and artistically. Now every week I’m lucky enough to be the witness to a new celebration, a new beginning, and through my photography I’m able to make a real difference in the lives of the people that I meet. What could be more exciting!