Eclectic by nature, enthusiastic to the core, and adventurous throughout my soul.
I love a solid cup of coffee in the morning to get the creative juices flowing. What is a solid cup of coffee? A ridiculously strong pot of French Roast with some cream and sugar added to kill the bitterness. My coffee will wake the dead, I’m told.
With that, I am moving at Mach 10 with my hair on fire. I dial up a playlist, maybe throw down a blog post or read a few, but primarily, photography, photography, photography; one shape, form, fashion or another.
I have a beautiful wife, awesome kids and a couple animals wandering around here somewhere. I like to write and will someday get a book published. I can play three chords on my five stringed guitar – five chords when all the strings are present and accounted for. Birthdays are the single most important day of the year followed closely by February 29th for no other reason than it is almost as equally unique. I shoot with Canon gear and believe arguing about which brand of gear is better than the other is best left for people that really do not know anything about photography. Stick me in a room with a thousand people and my camera and I can talk to anyone about anything.
I keep up with pop-culture; but, I recently purchased a “Frankie Say Relax” T-shirt and am unsure how I feel about being old enough to be considered retro.
How long have I been shooting?
A very long time. I started in a darkroom in high-school by developing other people’s work as a form of initiation to being a photog for the school. It was really the best place to start now that I look back, not that I would have admitted it then. I begrudgingly did what I was instructed to do and soon enough was granted the use of a 35mm camera and a few rolls of B&W to shoot. Hook, line and sinker at that point – I loved photography. Fast-forward to today, my camera’s always nearby. There is seldom a day that I do not photograph something – working, playing or practicing,
What is my favorite session?
That is a difficult one for me to hone in on. I used to shoot primarily architectural and design projects. Even had some of it published in big hardcover-book. To be honest, I was young when I started getting paid to shoot and had only the perspective of my inexperienced life to look back on. I really did not “get” people. Asking someone to smile pretty seemed like a chore and really not something I would be able to plug in to. Although I do not consider myself all grown up, I have maturated a bit and I do understand people much better now.
I love working in portraiture. Personalities are amazing and wonderful. The cool thing is that we all have one and each one is different. Digging people out of their shells, getting to know them and, helping them see themselves in an entirely new perspective is very, very cool. People Sessions: these are my favorite type of photography session. If you are a people, I’d love to work with ya’.
What music do you listen to?
Odd question but I am happy to give you an answer. Anything and everything. My iPod is an amalgamated mash-up of every possible music genre there is. I stay pretty current. I hate being stuck in time periods. Gotta evolve with the rest of the planet right?
What are you reading right now?
Elle. Yes, a fashion mag. My subscription list includes; Elle, Glamour, Brides, Cosmo, Vanity Fair, GQ, In Style, Professional Photographers and Seventeen. Think I am going to dump Seventeen though. Way too many ads and they do not have an iPad app included with the magazine subscription. I do read a novel from time to time. I have a strong pull towards picture books too. Not as in pre-school, more along the lines of photo-anthologies. In case you needed clarification.
What is important to you as a person?
Coffee. Just kidding. Sort of. In reality, there is enough importance and seriousness all around us every day and in every place we find ourselves. Discovering something each and every day to laugh about, chuckle because of, or smile at is important. My cat is quite ridiculous and can always be counted on for at least one hilarious moment on a daily basis.
Did you actually read all of this?
Wow. You should send me a message. Let me know what you think about my “About” page. I am never sure what to write when it comes to this page. Should I be coy or candid, serious or lighthearted? It can really be a difficult page to write. I struggle with the concept of the “About” page in its entirety. I have read few myself but know that I am very turned off by accolade lists and hard sells.
I redo this every 6 months or so, not that I have a disorder or compulsion, just like writing (about myself). Perhaps I should collect all the versions and turn them in to a book. But then again, I worry about grammar and punctuation too much to do that. Who wants to read endless rambles from a photographer in Minneapolis anyway?
I digress, thanks for reading! I appreciate you taking the time to do so. Let me know if you would like some pics taken. I assume you stopped by here for that purpose. Here is a link to get in touch.