Last year was a very busy year. I estimate I spent about 30 days on an airplane to get to all of my destination weddings. Honestly, I traveled so much that life became a blur. However, this wedding, Alexa and Neal’s wedding at the New York Botanical Garden, was a a beautiful pause in my wedding season. I felt as though I really stepped out of time into something classic and timelessly New York.
Alexa and Neal’s friends and family came from all over the world and descended on the Stone Mill perched above the river in the botanical garden. A place deeply entwined in the history of New York, yet unchanged compared to the city outside the garden walls. It was a special place, a quiet place, and the perfect place for those closest to Alexa and Neal to celebrate their union. I am grateful and honored to have been chosen to photograph thier wedding and it is an experience I will never forget. Enjoy.
It rains a lot in Seattle.
In fact, we only get 50 sunny days a year on average. Despite this, the Pacific Northwest has a certain charm. Even in the rain, love can blossom.
For Kari and Derek’s engagement, we found two locations that are beautiful even on a rainy day: Volunteer Park Conservatory and Smith.
The Conservatory is like stepping back in time to a 1920s botanist’s paradise, while Smith is easily one of the most eccentric gastropubs in Seattle with taxidermy, dark wood, and paintings of all varieties.
I had a wonderful time shooting Kari and Derek’s engagement and I am so happy with how the photos capture their personality and the personality of Seattle.
If you read my blog, you know that I love getting up close and capturing beautiful portraits of people. Real, authentic, relaxed portraits that allow the personality of the person to shine through.
At the end of the day, there is nothing more important than capturing the essence of someone you love in a photograph that you can keep with you on your life’s journey. With the fast pace of the modern world it’s a shame not to stop and see, REALLY SEE, the people around you that you love and what they look like and what their personalities are like, right now, before another year passes.
As a father of one cute little 2-year old redhead, I can tell you that time moves way too fast and the photos that I cherish the most in my life are the photos of her and my wife Robin.
Let me capture a beautiful record of your family. It will be the greatest gift you ever give yourself.
Family sessions are $550. The session is 1 hour long and can have up to 8 people. It is an additional $25 per additional person after 8 people. Extra time will be allotted for groups larger than 8.
All images are hosted online for 9 months for proofing and ordering HERE.
Travel fees are applicable.
Basic print prices :
4×6 = $35
5×7 = $35
8×10 = $35
11×14 = $90
16×20 = $150
Discs of the sessions are also available for purchase :
low-res (5×7) = $900
medium-res (8×10) = $1800
high-res (11×14) = $2700
To reserve your session, the $550 sitting fee is due along with applicable taxes or travel fees.
I pride myself in my business skills. In fact, it is somewhat of a family tradition, as my father and my brother and most everyone on my father’s side worked for themselves as small business owners. However, I knew I could take my business higher.
Higher in terms of profit, which leads to a better and more secure life for me and my wife and daughter, as well as higher in terms of what my clients experience. Sometimes, you need an outside opinion and wisdom gained through years of trial and error. My teachers at the workshop have that wisdom.
I could go on and on about it, but the long story short is: I’ve re-energized myself for 2013 and beyond, and the things I learned in Hawaii have already been implemented in my business to great effect. I’m not sure when the next workshop will be, but in the meantime there is this very useful guide here.
Beyond business, I also learned how truly important it is to share your personal work. I do not shoot only weddings! In fact, I am doing personal projects and work for editorial clients such as magazines all the time. I just thought that my readers would prefer I show only my wedding work.
This changes as of now. I want you to know all sides of me, so I will start showing some personal work here. I hope you enjoy it!
The following photos were taken over the course of two days in the North shore of Oahu, before the workshop started. I would just drive in my rental car and look for things that moved me. When I saw them I would do what it took to get the photo. I love getting to know strangers, and I love not knowing exaclty what I will produce. The alchemy of photography always amazes me.
Geeky photography info:
- All images were shot on a Pentax 645 with a Pentax 75mm 2.8 lens, or a Pentax 67 105mm f2.4 lens mounted to the Pentax 645 with an adapter.
- I only shoot Portra 400 rated at 320 and exposed for the shadows.
- These were scanned on my own Fuji Frontier SP2500 scanner.
Even in the middle of winter, love blooms.
Amy and Michael chose me for their Arctic Club Hotel Wedding photography because we share a similar vision of how a wedding can transcend the ordinary and be a reflection of not only the bonds of love between two people, but the bonds of love between many people.
With friends and family providing the music (classical guitar as well as bagpipe) and a colorful send-off with sparklers, I could feel the closeness of everyone present. There were more than a few tears shed in joy and some really outstanding dance moves.
Thank you Amy and Michael for having me document your day.
700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
One frame from Shelley and Matt’s sublime winter wedding at the Coeur D’Alene Resort at Lake Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
One frame from Rachelle and Pete’s vineyard wedding. Oh how I miss Summer!
2012 has come and gone. In this one year, I have traveled from coast to coast multiple times and met and photographed the most amazing people. I am so thankful for my job and for the chances it gives me to celebrate new beginnings with wonderful people. A wedding is a truly special event involving lots of people, emotion, and personal stories. I draw deep into this creative well each time I am at a wedding, and I want to share some of my favorites from 2012. Thank you to all the couples, friends and families that have made my life so rich. Here’s to a great 2013!
One frame from Jake and Anna’s 6am wedding at the top of Gasworks Park overlooking Seattle.
It was serene. It was beautiful. It was still Summer.
As fall comes to an end I wanted to share one of my favorite weddings from my favorite season: Sean and Chelsea’s wedding at Tollgate Farm in Novi Michigan.
Shooting a fellow photographer’s wedding can be nerve wracking as you can’t hide any mistakes in front of another pro. However, Sean and Chelsea have incredibly warm personalities, and only minutes after arriving at Tollgate I felt like a close friend.
With Falls’ distinctive feel of warm sun and cool air, we walked out into the fields, surveying the grounds of the farm. In every direction I looked I saw beauty. It was a joy to capture Sean and Chelsea’s wedding in such a place. Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer.
28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
248.347.3860 ext. 251