I'm an enthusiastic wedding photojournalist, trapped inside the body of a musician, caught in a web of joie de vivre.
Mine is a love story, the marriage of art and technology, fused by curiosity and an abiding love of music, and consummated by the giddy discovery of shooting weddings.
Click on the style button to read about my interpretation of wedding documentary photography and photojournalism.
Click on the approach button to read about how I manage the day's architecture after 16 years of experience.
Click on the personal button to learn more about me and how I got here.
I am a documentary wedding photographer.
When I talk to couples that are interested in working together, I end up describing what that is in a variety of ways, so I am certain that writing it down so we can work from the same set of ideas will be helpful for both of us!
Documentary wedding photography is telling the complete story of your wedding day, from start to finish, in as artistic a way as possible, without manufacturing, rehearsing or pre-assembling photos. Of course, we’ll take family and wedding party portraits, as well as portraits of you and your new spouse, but in the end, 90% of your images will be storytelling photos.
While I am not a trained journalist, my first career - working for NPR and NPR member stations for 20 years - put me shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s most accomplished journalists. And while my dream to be a news photographer never materialized, my wedding work has gotten me closer than ever.
I’ve been at this joyous work since 2006.
To capture the kind of work I deliver requires not only a strong working rhythm of the day’s flow from moment to moment, but a strong alliance with the other vendors working together to give you the best day ever.
During the course of the day, I will be always fully present, some times more visible than others. When it’s time for me to lead the proceedings, I am fully visible, making things as enjoyable as I can. When other vendors are in the lead (DJ, officiant, etc.), I am fully present, but not as visible. There’s a flow to the day, and I know it well.
I am keenly aware of the 360 degree landscape around me. I know where the best photos will happen, and place myself there to make them happen. And I know my equipment so intimately, that on your wedding day, I “see” with my lenses. I know what lens will tell the best story.
I am a native East Coaster - raised in Connecticut, schooled at the University of Pittsburgh and Wilkes College in Pennsylvania with a 1989 Bachelor of Arts (and then honored with Wilkes' Distinguished Young Alumnus award in 2000).
I began my work-a-day career at the NPR affiliate in NE PA. For the next 20 years, I was a creative producer and executive Program Director for NPR and member stations around the US.
I currently live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, outside of Washington DC. When I’m not shooting weddings, I am drumming, loving my dog, enjoying baseball and Formula 1 racing, and learning to cook Asian food. And if there's a tomato within a three state radius, I'll eat it like an apple. I am a fan of PT Anderson, Terence Malick and Stanley Kubrick films, video games and lifelong lover of interesting music.
I feel so much better having told you all of that.