WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Most of my training came from taking workshops from photographers I love. I had the opportunity to study under Norman Jean Roy
, one of our generations greatest portrait photographers. Norman taught me how to control a shoot and how much every small compositional detail matters. I also studied under John Dolan
& Holger Thoss
, two living legends in the wedding photography world. They taught me how to avoid the wedding photography vortex (formulaic & clinical imagery), the need to personally connect with each wedding story I document, and how to make an inspiring image edit.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS YOU HAVE TAKEN?
This image of Mia sums up the joy I want all my brides to experience on their wedding day. I caught this moment as she was walking into the reception tent for the first time right after her cocktail hour. After I clicked the shutter, I remember thinking, "If the film does its job, that may be the best photograph I've ever taken." It did and it still is.
This photograph of Lauren and Philip's second line down Bourbon Street is my all time favorite wedding moment as a photographer. I'm so happy that the image portrays the euphoric nature of the moment.
OUTSIDE THE STUDIO
It's mostly spent with my bride and our 3 kids playing at the park or the pool. I'm often found making up ridiculous sporting games in my yard. Oh, and I love losing to Branden in racquetball on a regular basis.
WHICH PHOTOGRAPH MEANS THE MOST TO YOU?
My good friend Cary Norton captured this moment of Ash and me at a wedding while we were dating. It was one of the first weddings I ever photographed, and Ash was a bridesmaid. Cary shot this image while I was taking a short break during the reception. This photograph is framed and currently hangs in our living room at home. It remains my favorite captured moment of the two of us.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Well, audiobooks rather. I've always been a poor reader, but my audible.com
subscription has allowed me to plow through some great books. My favorite "reading" spot is in the kitchen while doing the dishes.
I lived in London for a semester while attending Samford University and spent most of my time in the theater district. This experience shaped my love for the arts.
I continue to be amazed that God's favor extends outside of our personal performance. This overwhelming reality is my ultimate inspiration.