This is my story...
The first thing I do every day is make myself a cup of specialty coffee using a "pour-over" method. It's literally what gets me out of bed in the morning. I love the smell of high-quality beans carefully roasted by someone who loves coffee and truly cares about what they do as a roaster.
I respect anyone who takes pride in their craft and does what they were destined to do. I try to honor that and live by example. I get super geeky about photography because I love it and I genuinely care about the work I produce. I have the photographic tools and skills to provide a variety of services for my clients including film, digital and video capture.
But what gets me amped up more than anything is analog photography and the proliferation of photography from film to digital. I use both analog and digital tools, but my absolute favorite camera is my Leica MP 35mm film camera. I call it my “personal camera” because it's what I use to document my life. I bring it everywhere and make pictures of moments that are meaningful to me. I call those pictures tiny memories.
My love for coffee began at age 13, but my love for photography started earlier when, as a boy, I chased trains around my hometown in northeast Ohio. My dad, a mechanical engineer, passed down his interest in railroad photography to my older brother and me—and it’s what bonds us to this day.
My background in photojournalism is where I cut my teeth on daily photo assignments working with a wide range of people. I still shoot every day, only now out of my home office. I work with all kinds of creatives, from ad agencies to corporate clients to magazine art directors. I’ve shot commissions, campaigns, stories and photo libraries for tourism offices, social media platforms, educational institutions, restaurants and bars, magazines and newspapers. My most recent clients include the Wall Street Journal, Phoenix Magazine, Shamrock Foods, National Bank of Arizona, and PING golf.
I’m also a regular contributor to BITE, an online magazine that celebrates food culture in Arizona, and the host of a short film series that delves into coffee and photography culture called, “Coffee Run” (see PROJECTS in the menu).
Memberships and public galleries can be found online at ASMP, Cavan Images, Art Intersection, PDN (Photo+), Lens Culture and National Geographic. Recent accolades include the 2017 Best of ASMP and 2018 American Photography AP34.
My work is available for acquisition or licensing. Direct message me on Instagram, linkedIn, or Twitter. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or text at 480-287-0454