I think that it’s ironic that a self-taught photographer from Philadelphia who had a very bad sense of style is now a Published Fashion Photographer. Three times in Denver’s very own Defined Magazine and once in the International Shutter Magazine. It just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to. I still remember when I first became interested in Fashion Photography. My dad and I attended this wildly popular Shutterfest Photography Conference in St. Louis, where I got to see that there was so much more to Fashion photography than just clicking the button and hoping that the image on my screen looked like what my eyes saw through the viewfinder. I loved that each photoshoot was unique and I could control the posing, the lighting, and wasn’t constrained to shooting in a studio. My favorite Fashion shoots are outdoors and often mixed in with unique landscape elements and a blue (or partially cloudy) sky.
In the years since retiring from the Army, I no longer consider myself “physically fit”. I do, however enjoy photographing people that have committed to a lifestyle that requires focus, determination, and discipline. I had an awesome mentor, Brett Seeley, who taught me (and quite a few local photographers) his style of Fitness Photography. He encouraged us to use that as a guide and create our own style. While it wasn’t one my niches at the time, I have learned to appreciate trying different approaches to capturing photos of the human body. Trying different perspectives and seeing people in a way that they may not have seen themselves before. Our fitness shoots were usually right after a Body Building Competition when the competitors were in peak physical shape. We would shoot out of a few different gyms, but one in particular was called Six Zero Strength & Fitness. Fast forward 3 years and I’m back doing a promotional shoot for the Grand Opening of the new location for Six Zero Strength & Fitness. This time I was the photographer taking photos of the owner, her husband, and most of the fitness staff – which was on display during my next visit at the actual Grand Opening. One of the highlights of my Photography journey was when my mentor and friend (Brett Seeley) told me that he was proud of me and the progress that I’ve made since he first saw my work – that truly made my day because I think his work is AWESOME!!! Never sell yourself short!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m always learning my craft. I started shooting everything from weddings to headshots but finally narrowed my niche down to Fashion, Fitness, and Portraits. As a person that didn’t really do family portraits until after I was married with my baby-girl, I’ve come to appreciate the impact that a great portrait can make to an individual or family. While I’ve primarily focused on photographing women, I have made it a point to add male models (and family members) to my portfolio. My job as a photographer is to capture your essence (male or female) within a few frames and bring out your personality as much as possible in the time we share in the studio or on location. As you can see, I’ve been lucky to work with some pretty amazingly talented models, many of whom I am proud to call my friends and family.
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I enjoy photographing events because I get to capture lots of candid shots. Unlike portraits where I get to pose my clients, events tend to be fluid and allow me to tell the unscripted story of the Military Retirement Ceremony, Bike Rally (Thunder in the Rockies), or Fashion Show (DUWF, Colorado Tattoo Convention, etc.) as it happens.
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Sessions are non-refundable, but deposits are transferable if a date change is necessary (48 hours notice of postponements or cancellations is appreciated).