I began my career in 2005 as a Wedding Photographer, in the trenches of true photojournalistic event work. In that first year alone (mainly as a second shooter) I ended up photographing over 20 Weddings, and really got exposed to many of the typical scenarios that present themselves in a fast paced, story rich environment. It was an incredible learning experience for me.
By 2007 I was working primarily as a Corporate Event Photographer, specializing in National Sales Meetings, Trade Shows, and most importantly, Team Building Events. It was in these moments that I really began to discover the opportunity to tell an emotional story based on my unique perspective. My goal was always to give the viewer a sense of “what it was like to be there” and above all else is what I would strive to achieve.
In 2009 I discovered the fight community that exists in Atlanta and immediately immersed myself in it. In fact that’s where I spend the majority of my event photography time these days. I am a regular fixture at all the biggest promotions and I serve as the Primary Photographer for Georgia Fighters Magazine. I also contribute to Fight Magazine and Muay Thaimes, as well as several online publications.
Unexpectedly, it was also in this world that I began to gain experience as a Portrait Photographer. I am regularly asked to shoot promotional fight poster photos which has led to a better understanding of the more technical aspects of photography. Things like choosing locations, mastering lighting, working directly with a subject (as opposed to shooting from afar) are all skill sets I have developed rapidly over the past few years.
These days, portraiture is my main focus. I work both commercially and with everyday people and I shoot in a contemporary style. I like to concentrate on the beauty of the subject and am more likely to be shooting in my studio in Midtown, as opposed to on location (although I do that too). I enjoy the interaction I have with my subjects and the subsequent organic nature of the shoot that comes out of it. Many of my clients comment on how relaxed they feel throughout the sessions which I think is an important part of getting great photos.