FATHER, HUSBAND, PHOTOGRAPHER, EDUCATOR, WRITER
My sweet wife, Shirley, and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage in April 2015. We have 6 incredible kids that amaze me everyday. Their names are Katelyn, Anabelle, Elin, Kash, Ace and Emma.
As a family we love to travel, learn about new cultures and adventure to awesome places. We've been to quite a few countries together, cruised the ocean, driven all over Mexico, enjoyed 8-days at Walt Disney World, even spent a few days together with the Nivacle indian tribes in a very rural area of Paraguay. As a family we love creating memories through the experiences we have together.
I love motivational self-help non-fiction books. Someday I would love to apply what I have learned and help coach others that need a little uplifting but in the meantime I just practice with my own kids. If you are looking for a great new read check out "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown.
When I am not photographing couples or discovering new adventure with my family I love to teach. I have taught over 30 photo workshops throughout the world over the last 5 years including a month long tour throughout all of Australia. In 2014 I was asked to speak at the world's largest photo convention in Las Vegas both on the platform and expo floor, and invited back to speak again in March 2015. I have also given the keynote address in front of hundreds of photographers at an annual photo event in Santa Barbara.
For the last three years I have been a senior writer for one of the most popular photography blogs, Fstoppers.com and have written hundreds of articles teaching photographers how to shoot, edit and light better. In 2014 I was named one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the United States as well as one of the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers in the Industry.
I love staying active playing all kinds of sports but basketball and volleyball happen to be my favorites. I have a sweet tooth but my goal for 2015 is to learn better eating habits and eat lots more yummy fruits and vegetables. It can be hard sometimes when on the road a lot but I'm determined to make it happen.
Here is one last video that was done by a company discussing the model of business called Shoot & Share. The focus of this kind of business model is providing our clients with an online gallery for them to view and download their photos. I believe we live in a time when receiving digital images should be part of every photographer's packages. I also believe however that print quality can be dramatically different from what consumers have available to them versus what we have as professional photographers. So I make the relationships I have with my printers available at very affordable prices so my clients can get incredible quality prints, canvases and albums at a great value.
I often get asked how I got started in photography. My mom loved photography and at the age of 11 I too started getting interested. I would look through her portfolio of prints time and time again. Eventually my mom taught me how to use her two film cameras and I quickly became passionate about taking great photos. In school I won the "Photographer of the Year" award and had my work featured in a few calendars. In college I foolishly didn't think you could make a living doing photography so I studied Business Management instead.
Fortunately after my wife and I had a couple kids I picked up a camera again to document their life in pictures. As soon as I picked up the camera again I couldn't put it down. Six years ago after shooting a couple weddings I decide to leave my job and pursue wedding photography full time. Approximately 160 weddings later I am still here and enjoying every minute of the ride!
This last photo is a perfect summary of my life and my beautiful family. It was taken just after a massive rain storm passed over Walt Disney World. We were enjoying our second day at the Animal Kingdom. The rain was so bad that they had to shut most of the rides down at the park for a few hours. During this time we enjoyed ourselves indoors watching the different shows running from one theater to another in the rain storm. After the rain cleared in the afternoon the park rides reopened and to our surprise we found ourselves nearly there alone. We made the most of the opportunity and although we were rain drenched we rode as many rides as we could all with no lines.
This photo was shot by putting the camera on a timer and laying it on a table. It was in a part of the park where typically the street behind us would be filled with hundreds of tourists. This is a perfect example of the type of life I want to live, always making the most of every situation with a smile no matter what is thrown at you.