Experience as a wedding photographer: 24 years
Started the studio in 2001
I wasn’t one of those kids who had a camera around his neck at the age of 2. Actually, I didn’t really grow up in a creative household. Both my parents worked 9-to-5 jobs. After high school, I went off to business school because that’s all I really knew. In my third year of college, I was required to take an elective. I chose photography, and wow – it really opened my eyes to see the world from a completely new perspective. I found I really enjoyed going around the city streets, just documenting street life as I saw it. Around this same time, I met an artsy girl named Kim, who is now my wonderful, creative wife. (And yes, she’s still artsy.)
All of these forces got me out of business school and into a professional, full-time photography program. What a great experience and a great foundation. I immediately discovered that my passion was documenting people and their lives, so I started working for local newspapers. I fell into weddings by accident when a fellow photographer at the paper told me she shot weddings on the side. I imagined a wedding photographer posing and setting up every picture. Basically, running the wedding. That surely wasn’t me or my style. I love to photograph weddings like a photojournalist by capture real moments. Now, to each wedding, I bring everything I have — my passion for the craft and my experience documenting hundreds of weddings and thousands of newspaper assignments — and I love every minute of it.