Oddly enough, my favorite photo of myself isn't a self-portrait or an image captured by one of my many talented friends, but a snapshot taken by a photobooth with my daughter.

Oddly enough, my favorite photo of myself isn't a self-portrait or an image captured by one of my many talented friends, but a snapshot taken by a photobooth with my daughter.

Mission: To work with couples, individuals and organizations requiring a photographer with the consistency and confidence of many years experience, providing them beautiful, lasting images.  I truly want the results of every job I work to be better than the last.

Bio: I cut my teeth in photography working as a photojournalist--capturing the narrative of features, the decisive moments of college sports and the gravity of national elections. 

Networking as a photojournalist led to work shooting headshots, portraits, studio product photography/catalog, events, weddings, nightlife, concerts--many opportunities to expand my repertoire and hone my expertise.  And all this before actively pursuing work outside of newspapers.

My intermittent photography work after my tenure as a photojournalist was overshadowed by my career as a high school teacher the last 11 years.   Even within schools, as an English and History teacher, I taught photography to countless interested students--mostly as a mentor of the school's newspaper and yearbook.

Never able to put my cameras down, I also published ShakyHandsPhotoBlog.  ShakyHands is long since defunct, but is resurrected anew as part of this site--check it out!

Spring of 2012 I decided to start a photography business in earnest, seeking clients publicly instead of limiting my output to working for friends (and friends of friends).  Besides this, I work as an independent contractor for a large photography company shooting events--both weddings and corporate. 

I'm passionate about photography and enthusiastic about the work I do.  I love doing this, and you'll see that on the job.

Style and aesthetic: Hopefully you can get a sense of my work from my portfolio galleries and my blog.  The pictures should speak to my style better than I can in words.  At my core, I still embrace a photojournalistic, editorial style of photography.  I relish capturing human moments.  I seek to convey not only the truth of that moment, but the atmosphere it lives in.  I usually split my time at weddings and events between shooting as an observer and engaging with people, helping them take flattering photos.  Taking time along the way to capture both details and context--ranging from representational to mildly abstracted, so that what you will receive in the end is a full account of your event as a milestone.

Equipment: I'm a firm believer that it is the talent and skill-set, not the gear that garner results, but if you're curious--I use Canon.  I constantly re-invest in equipment.  I own cameras from the 1d and 1ds lines, making use of mostly Canon L-series lenses.  My backups have backups.  While I do believe it's the photographer and not the camera that matters, utilizing top-end gear does makes it possible to be prepared for every situation. 

I also still have film cameras, if you're interested in the yet-unreproducible results of analog film media.