Who am I? Well, I'm a “gadget guy” who will spend hours discovering the ins and outs of the newest technology, or anything for that matter. I graduated from George Mason University in 2001 with a degree in psychology and didn't know for sure what to do with my life. Coming from a large family with a lot of kids, I thought education might be a good choice. I decided to go back to school and began teaching 1st grade in 2006. Little did I know, I’d meet the woman of my dreams teaching in the classroom next to mine. Allison really was my “girl next door.”
From my earliest days I can remember being fascinated with photographs. Growing up, my mom kept bookshelves filled with photo albums. I remember sneaking down to the basement and grabbing one off the shelf; the albums weren't labeled on the outside, so it was a surprise each time you opened the cover. I think this is when I fell in love with photography and the moments it captures. How amazing is it to think that with a camera, you can capture a single moment, a split second in time, and make it last for hundreds of years ahead? That’s an awesome idea to wrap your head around.
Two years after meeting Allison, I moved to Arlington, VA to be closer to my soon-to-be wife. As my life was changing I decided to purchase a tiny “point and shoot” camera to document life. I wanted to capture everyday moments, just like those photographs my mom had in my childhood home. As I got better at using my “point and shoot,” I would occasionally snap a photo that gave me new perspective of otherwise typical things, which fed my desire to capture everyday moments even more. Over time, I developed a passion for photography that I couldn’t ignore.
Fast forward to 2010 and a couple of DSLRs later - I was a new husband with a new home, and had the desire to take this photography thing to a new level. Tackling teaching full time, with dreams of excelling as a photographer, was tough. When I wasn’t grading papers or emailing parents, I studied material from the New York Institute of Photography, poured over books and watched videos from photography gurus like Scott Kelby and Peter Hurley. I reached out time and again to experts in the Northern Virginia area, inquiring, and offering to work to gain experience. Len Spoden, a well-known local photographer, brought me on as his assistant for weddings and other corporate assignments. My work with Len gave me opportunities to take risks in photography; I developed confidence in my ability to work with my camera and with people from all over the country.
After exploring many different types of photography, I’ve realized that what I enjoy most is telling the stories of the people and families I have the opportunity to work with. Everyone has a story - I look forward to sharing yours...