Husband, Father, Musician, Photographer
I am married to the most amazing woman, Julie. We have identical twin girls, Aubrey and Sydney. They are too cute for their own good! I have a pre-med degree from the University of Akron and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Over the years, I have worked in pre-clinical drug research, researched skin development, commercialized inventions, and worked in compliance and privacy at a prestigious university.
My interest in wedding photography began, surprisingly, when my wife and I were less than happy with our own wedding pictures. I've always loved photography, but it was nothing more than a fun hobby. A short time after our wedding, I was walking through a local mall and saw some large wedding prints from a local photographer hanging in a tux store. I was blown away by the quality and lighting of those images. I began to wonder, what was the difference between that photographer and our wedding photographer? Our wedding pictures looked nothing like that!
What really makes a great photographer? How are some photographers able to take amazing photos, while other photographers take rather "blah" photos? I learned that it had to do with a combination of education and experience. Sure, expensive cameras and gear is helpful, but they are just tools. And yes, being creative and having a good eye is a big bonus. But, they are useless without knowledge and experience.. After this realization, I plunged in head first, investing hours and hours learning as much as possible (in-person/online classes, books, blogs, etc) and gaining as much experience as possible. I never stop learning, often investing a few hours each week.
Practice makes perfect! I practiced using my wife, family, and friends. I refused to accept money until I had mastered the fundamentals and I felt comfortable that I could deliver a quality product. As life happened, I got more opportunities to grow as a photographer. When my wife got pregnant, I learned maternity photography. When we had twins girls, I learned infant photography. As friends got engaged or married, I learned engagement and wedding photography. Eventually, these images made their way on to Facebook, and I slowly started getting requests for photoshoots. I began accepting these requests and quickly realized that I enjoy being a photographer.
I'm having a blast! Overtime, I was getting so many photoshoot requests that I decided to go legit and start an actual business. The response has been amazing and so encouraging. I've been working hard to build the type of photography business that I would want to book for my own family (or should have booked for my wedding). I'm proud that my business has grown organically (and by positive word of mouth). I can't wait to see what the future holds! I'm always under the belief that my best work is ahead!
When I'm not photographing, I am a musician (piano/keyboard) and a member of the worship team of a large local church. I'm a music junkie and love spending time in my home recording studio! If I could, I would have music at every photoshoot! I also love spending time outdoors, eating "too much" Mitchell's Ice Cream, hanging with family, watching a good movie, having a good laugh, and just enjoying life.