I studied photography in college and I interned with a local freelance editorial and commercial photographer in St. Louis. Through working with this photographer I learned how to work with people and light for people and products. After college I worked and still work sometimes with a few commercial and advertising photographers as a digital tech and assistant. Also at the same time I started working for the local alt-weekly newspaper. Shooting assignments and learning from experienced photographers I have been able to really hone my skills as a photographer and as a person too.
I love meeting people and hearing their story. I love making a photo to tell whatever story that person has to tell. Doing something creative with my life and making a living is my ultimate goal. People will always be my favorite thing to photograph though. I've done product photography before but working with a person is so much more gratifying.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done all kinds of different shoots. I have done family portraits, business portraits, environmental portraits, individual portraits, senior portraits, studio portraits, products, and event/documentary photographs. I always try to really listen to my clients needs and also take into account what is practical and what will make them the best shoot possible. For instance I was asked to shoot a wedding proposal in Forest Park at 10pm in December...It was essentially pitch black with cloud coverage that night. I told my client that I can make the best portraits possible of you but I either need to light the moment before hand or it's going to be a very challenging photograph to take. The client listened to me and I made a decent photograph of the moment and we made some beautiful portraits afterwards. I know the technical challenge as well as the best way to light things if needed.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Ampersand Fall 2008 and 2009 (Webster University Student Magazine) The Journal Fall 2009 to Spring 2010 (Webster University Student Newspaper) Whats Up Magazine February 2010 (A non-profit publication) May Gallery 2009 Annual Juried Show, 3rd Place May Gallery 2010 Annual Juried Show May Gallery 2011 Annual Juried Show “Winnebago in Forest Park parking lot, St. Louis Missouri 2010.” In Kodachrome,End of the Run: Photographs from the Final Batches, edited by Bill Barrett and Susan Hacker Stang, 50,51. St. Louis: Webster University Press, 2011. American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Board Member, December 2010 to Present Riverfront Times Cover December 20-26, 2012 VOLUME 36 NUMBER 51 http://www.riverfronttimes.com/flipbook/december-2012-1751046/ Managed Healthcare Executive Cover NOVEMBER 2012 VOULME 22 NUMBER 11 Riverfront Times Cover May 15-21, 2014 VOLUME 36 NUMBER 20 http://digitalissue.riverfronttimes.com/publication/?i=209757 Riverfront Times Cover August 14-20, 2014 VOLUME 36 NUMBER 33 http://digitalissue.riverfronttimes.com/publication/?i=221221 USA
A fun fact about this photographer
I love nature and being outside. My end goal for every day is to get my office work done so I can take a hike or at least walk around my neighborhood.