London, Venice, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-
I’d love to say we regularly photograph in each of these cities, but the truth is, our studio is dedicated to doing the best job possible for customers right here in the good old Willamette Valley. Salem has been our home since nearly the time of the wagon trains west, and it would take a lot for me to even think about living somewhere else. Yeah, boring old Salem, but I moved here when Salem had 45,000 people, and Lancaster was a country road.
Geez, that makes me sound ancient, but I’m really not. You’re only as old as you think you are, and in fact, I’m really only 27, in my mind anyhow.
I credit part of that to the time I spend working with high school kids. Not only do I photograph a lot of seniors, but for the past 15 years, I’ve been the high school teacher at our church. There’s something about working with people on the edge of heading out into the world that excites me.
When I started in this business, I thought it would be creating beautiful pictures that would stir my soul. I was only partially correct. It quickly became apparent to me that my real passion was the people I get to work with, to photograph.
One of my favorite phone calls is “Hi, you did my senior pictures 8 years ago, and now I’m getting married, and I couldn’t have anyone but you photograph my wedding”. We usually do three or four weddings a year that started this way.
Guess that’s why I also am Facebook addicted! I love keeping in touch with people even if it’s only on an occasional basis. I love knowing what’s going on in the lives of people that I’ve worked with, so I spend more time there than I should.
Perhaps this isn’t quite quite what you expected from an about page, but then it’s pretty indicative of who I am. Somewhat random, a little adhd, and slightly on the tilted side, but I think that lends itself to being more creative photographically, and I can guarantee you that my clients have fun when they’re in front of my camera.
And after all, that’s part of what you’re looking for, isn’t it?