A Whole Lot more fact about me you may want to know.
I absolutely love life.
I always have too much energy.
I love parmesan goldfish (the kind you eat).
I love caffeine, especially in the form of a caramel latte.
My motorcycle, Bella Ducati, and I go on dates quite frequently.
I have a minor obsession with sushi.
Swing dancing is bomb.
I live in California, but Alaska is my home.
Learning new things is my passion.
I want to travel the world on a motorcycle and in a sailboat.
I love the outdoors and anything that has to do with the mountains.
I love coaching my two soccer teams in Alaska.
I love kids.
And I will always be one at heart.
I'm silly... almost all the time.
I watch movies to relax.
Everything I know I learned from Lost.
Anything I didn't learn from Lost I learned from the Office.
Grey's Anatomy has also taught me valuable lessons.
Faith, hope, and love are my goals.
I get to call photography my job, but its more my vocation.
I adore weddings and people who love each other.
I love my friends.
I love my family.
I love Jesus.
FAQ - Gear and Photography
Favorite Music: sampling
Some people have their absolute favorite band? Well I have about 80.
The Civil Wars
Mumford and Sons
Iron and Wine
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
14mm 2.8L ii
24mm 1.4L ii
24mm 3.5L ii tilt/shift
70-200mm 2.8L IS
10 8 gig sandisk cards
2 lexar firewire 800 card readers
4 canon 5dmii batteries
WHAT POINT AND SHOOT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
canon g11 - amazing photo and video capabilities
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR A BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHER?
canon 50d or 5d (used mii if you're serious)
WHAT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
macbook pro 17" matte display, 23" apple external monitor
HOW AND WHY DID YOU GET INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
I got into wedding photography because of a (now) really good friend of mine, David Jay. It was literally an almost overnight decision to do wedding photography and pursue it. I saw what he had accomplished, how creative and artistic his photography was, and the lifestyle that it afforded him. I had always been in love with photography, as my dad had a dark room in the house growing up and I was always so intrigued by it. I had never thought I could make a living at something I loved doing so much until I met DJ though.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING WEDDINGS?
I have been shooting weddings for about 5 years now and have photographed about 120 weddings so far as of January 2011!
HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO SHOOT PROFESSIONALLY?
I have traveled to 31 states and 20 countries to shoot - some fun, some for work. I am shooting a wedding in Indonesia in a couple weeks and I hopefully have a wedding in southern France this year as well!
WHERE WAS YOUR FAVORITE LOCATION TO SHOOT A WEDDING?
I love shooting on the east coast - the long, tall grass, white sand, and green water of South Carolina is unbeatable for photos and it's definitely one of my favorite places to shoot.
DO YOU HAVE ASSISTANTS OR SECOND SHOOTERS?
I have a number of assistants. I have a business manager, a photo editor, an album designer, a web designer, a client site designer, and an accountant. I love outsourcing =) I don't have only one second shooter, per say. For my first year shooting, I used a lot of friends and it varied wedding to wedding. My second year I trained another photographer and brought him to every wedding, and I did the same the third year. This last year I used a couple of different second shooters, but I shot most of the weddings by myself.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?
I'm an artistic photojournalist. I love good, clean shots but I also love a really artistic approach to wedding photography. I love telling the whole story as a photographer. My work is influenced by aspects of fashion, architecture, fine art, landscape work, and portraiture.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE WEDDING TO SHOOT?
My favorite part of the wedding to shoot is definitely the recessional - when the bride and groom walk down the isle right after they've kissed. NOTHING compares to that moment throughout the whole day! I would say a close second is doing all the portraits of the bride and groom - I love that. When its a little more chill and relaxed and just the three of us - its a fun part of the day.
a little bit about me. tmi, i know.