Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to look through my work and stopping by to find out a little more about me! You may have guested this, but I'm a slightly weird wedding photographer based out of Denver, Colorado! I think the best way to understand who I am though, is to see how my life experiences have shaped how I run my business and how I approach photographing weddings. So, here is what makes me… me, and what makes my business also me!
In 2002, I married my soul mate on the side of a mountain in Breckenridge. Searching for our photographer was my first introduction to wedding photography. Budget definitely was a leading factor in who we chose. Unfortunately, we paid for our decision in other ways… mainly with important moments missed and important family portraits ruined. Looking back, we had our budget mapped out, but didn't see the long term benefit of adjusting the budget to pay for the experience and quality that we risked loosing with the photographer. Years later, when I started out in the wedding industry, it was important to me to first gain the experience of working under other very talented, successful wedding photographers to gain skills and insight from their expertise. I also worked for some “wedding mills” that churned out 200+ weddings a year, and while they were successful, there was a lot of learning about what not to do. While my style has changed a bit and I've grown as a photographer, much of what I do is a result of those years of learning.
After we were married, the adventure began! We've lived in four different states and on a small Caribbean island, and eventually made it back to our home… Colorado. We love traveling, good food, wine, dancing, and movies. After over a decade of being married to my best friend, we have become parents to two wonderful boys, grown as a couple and as individuals, and we still love being together as much as possible.
I’m a dad
We have two boys that continue to make our hearts grow more every day. They aren’t as little as the above photo anymore but as they grow, so does our love for them. They are our greatest joy, biggest adventure, our most welcome challenge, our most important mark on the world, and what I am most proud of! Our youngest, Liam, is a budding artist and photographer and our eldest, Braden, is a talented musician. One of the best things about having kids is seeing things again for the first time through their eyes. It is hilarious and fantastic the way they describe something for the first time (e.g. knee = elbow on my leg) and seeing their amazement in what we often take for granted. It inspires me to try to see with fresh eyes and to not overlook the beauty in the little things. At weddings, I also tend to capture great moments with kids. They often have a hard time hiding their true feelings about what is going on during the day and that can be precious.
It started in the Caribbean
I started shooting weddings while living for two years on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Living there has certainly had a profound effect on me as a photographer and on my life in general. The richness in the color of the sky, the ocean, and the tropical landscapes clearly influences the culture in the Caribbean. It's effect has definitely stayed with my photography. My love of landscape photography grew immensely while in Grenada, as well. There are so many amazing aspects about living there that I will hold on to forever… the kindness of the people, slowing down to enjoy life in the moment, the ingenuity that is required when you have few resources, the peaceful sound of the rolling tide, finding so many different adventures exploring an island only about 8 miles wide and 12 miles long. It is kind of hard to put into words, but even though it was only two years, it is still the place that feels most like home.
We love the West…. the mountains, the desert, the wide open spaces! We travel around and enjoy it as much as possible. Landscapes are obviously a big part of most weddings here in Colorado, as it is in any place with beauty around every corner the way we enjoy it here. A sense of place in wedding photos is more than just beauty, setting the scene, or a memory of the day. It imparts peace, calmness, and a sense of awe that leaves an indelible mark on you. As you look back on your engagement, wedding or elopement photos I want those feelings that you shared together, in the place that you committed to each other, to be as fresh as the day you said your vows.
From a fairly young age, I remember seeing old footage of Fred Astaire and wanted to be able to dance like him. I later learned swing dancing and would go out dancing 3 to 4 nights a week. This is where I met my wife. With kids now, we don't get to go out as often but we can still cut a rug, usually our kitchen floor. My love of dance continues into wedding receptions and is perhaps one reason why I like staying late into the night, to catch all the awesome dance shots! Part of your wedding day is a party and I want to catch the feel and energy of the night!