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I'm a COLOrado raised, california born, adventure seeker, living on nantucket island.
It pretty much starts in the mountains of Colorado in the small town of Cripple Creek, yes like the song. My home town had no stoplights, dirt roads and wild donkeys roaming the streets. That’s right, wild donkeys, they are descendants from the donkeys miners used during the gold rush mining boom in the early 1900’s in the Cripple Creek area. My graduating high school class was 40 people, and I was one of thirteen kids who spent their entire k-12 education at the same school. My home town had a population of about 2500 people and is still around that today. It was a great place to grow up and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but by the time I graduated high school I was definitely ready to see what the world outside my hometown was like. So I decided to move to Aspen, CO where I could ski every day and really embrace an adventurous lifestyle.
As a kid I remember hearing somewhere that “If your life was a book, would anyone want to read it?” That saying has always stuck with me and to this day still motivates me to get out there and be an adventurous soul. It didn’t take me long to discover that Aspen was a great place to live and travel from because of its seasonality. Every spring and every fall you get an “off-season” for about six weeks. So this gave me the perfect opportunity to get out of town and see the world. I started to live to travel. In my early 20’s, my plan was to work all season to fund my off season adventures. I wanted to go as far as I could, so for my first trip I loaded up my backpack and bought a ticket to Thailand (pretty sure Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie The Beach influenced that decision). Of course I brought my camera with me and had to take pictures of everything I saw. This cycle of in-season and off-season went on for many years and many more travels. I’ve currently visited 32 countries and have this crazy goal to see every country in the world before I die. It’s a pretty ambitious goal as there are 195 countries in the world…
Even as a young kid I had a fascination with photography and adventure. I actually remember telling my teachers that I wanted to be either an astronaut or a Nat Geo photographer when I grew up. I loved National Geographic and I loved all the places these photographers got to go see. I would bring my little 110 film camera to school and take pictures of my friends during recess and the occasional bird or squirrel that would get to close. I thought it was the coolest thing. Little did I know I would one day make photography my career to support my passion for travel.
After a number of years in Aspen, I decided to take my photography to the next level. Up to this point, I never considered photography a career path - it was just something I did when I traveled. So I enrolled in a professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale, CO. This was a two-year full time program geared towards “making it” as a professional photographer. Two weeks in I immediately fell in love with the photographic genre of photojournalism. This was the first time in my life I knew what I wanted to be - a photojournalist. The documentary approach to photography was something I always did on a subconscious level, and photojournalism was a perfect fit. After the program, I worked for a small daily newspaper called The Aspen Daily News. I spent three years learning the in’s and out’s of photojournalism for a daily newspaper. I really enjoyed my time at the newspaper and learned so much about people, photography, and myself. Every day was an adventure with that job. But again, I ended up having an urge to get out there and travel. So I decided to leave the paper and move to this place called "Nantucket" that my friend had told me about. It was in Nantucket that I would work for the summer and fund my extended travels over the winter. Nantucket was even better than Aspen in that I could get an entire 6 months off to travel because Nantucket only had a summer season! So that’s exactly what I did.
Well as it turns, out it was that summer in Nantucket where I discovered the world of wedding photography. It was then that I met my now dear friend and colleague Katie Kaizer. Katie is an amazing and well established wedding and portrait photographer on the island (check out her work here). I was lucky enough to stumble my way into meeting her and was fortunate that she was looking for an assistant to help her out with her wedding work. That first summer I shot my first wedding with Katie as her second shooter and assistant. Up to this point I had never considered that wedding photography would be something that I would want to do. But I took an immediate liking to this new genre of photography. The documentary approach that I used in photojournalism translated perfectly to the documentary wedding photography world. It has now been nine seasons and hundreds of Nantucket weddings later and I’m officially a portrait and wedding photographer on Nantucket Island, and I love it!
Being a wedding photographer has become a passion and something that I am really proud of. There’s not many genres of photography where the images that you make actually mean something. Especially in today's world where so many amazing photographs are quickly looked at, “liked,”just scrolled past and forgotten in a few seconds. When you photograph a wedding and capture the moments a couple experiences on one of the biggest days in their lives - witnessing them interacting with their family and friends, capturing those emotions and those moments. Well, those images will live on forever within those families. These images will become heirlooms and tell the story of a special time in their life. These images are a part of their legacy and will be enjoyed for generations to come. That’s what keeps me inspired and motivates me to capture emotion and personality in my wedding work. It’s a big responsibility and one I don’t take lightly. To make meaningful images for the families I photograph is something that I love to do and something I take pride in doing. Making photographs that mean something is the most important thing to me as a photographer and it’s something I strive for every time I pick up the camera.
So it’s been about 11 years of "making it" with my camera in my hand, and I couldn’t be happier with how photography has shaped my life. Travel is still a big part of what I do and where I find my inspiration and motivation. Every year when spring starts to roll around and I start thinking about the summer on Nantucket it brings a smile to my face. I really enjoy my summers on the island and I look forward to all the people I get to meet and the families that I get to photograph. If you've made it this far, I thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I hope that you will reach out and say hello, and hopefully we can connect and I can capture a part of your story as well.