I grew up in Fort Wayne Indiana. Moved. here in oct of 2006 (age 23) I started taking photos with my kodak easy share 3.1 megapixel xmas gift at 18. I had no idea what I was doing but i knew that I liked documenting my life. I haphazardly did my girlfriend’s senior pictures, I had no idea what bokeh was so I’d create a layer in photshop 7, add motion blur to one layer and extract the subject from the other. I actually thought that was how it was done…
Living in Chicago, I worked at the Chicago Diner where I met the owner of Chicago Photography Academy, William Benson . I ended up modeling for a few of the classes held at CPA, and eventually expressed an interest in taking classes. William let me take one free, which got me hooked. In 2010 I took every class offered.
From there I started shooting a lot of live bands, a couple of low key weddings, and played around with a lot of portraiture. To further my skills I started assisting for established photographers. I interned for commercial photographer Saverio Truglia, Wedding Photographers Amaris Giselle and Sean Cook, and Architectural Photographer Darris Lee Harris. I also attended Dave Jackson’s F/what? workshop.
I really enjoy shooting tight portraiture, I enjoy the nuances of subtle expressions, and the way that light enhances them. I also love shooting high energy bands. I try to make the viewer feel like they are right in front of the band. Part of the action. I’m not into using long lenses at shows, I like it wide and tight, like 24mm, 10 inches from your face tight.