I grew up spending every free minute I had on the beaches and mountains and endless trails and hills of San Diego, California, always on 2 wheels or whatever board the day called for.
My first interest in photography, or more accurately, in the photographs themselves came at age 11, when my dad (a gifted photographer who's natural eye for composition I envy to this day), would bring his old Nikkormat to my bmx and motocross races and shoot rolls and rolls of film. I would beg him to wait that endless hour in the parking lot of our local 1-hour photo store so I could get the pictures home, edit them down, and then curate the best ones into a collection I would take to school the next day. I was the quiet and observant type growing up, never really one of the cool or popular kids at school. But I remember vividly those few minutes when I'd casually show a few new racing photos to my classmates, and there, on glossy 4x6 would be me on my motorcycle, 15 feet in the air over some huge jump. Other kids would start to crowd around and I'd observe their reactions, faces of surprise, admiration, disbelief, skepticism, and eventually I'd spot at least a couple faces of pure envy, and the coolest always seemed the most envious. These are the moments I remember actually feeling cool, even if just for a few minutes.
It would take me nearly 30 years to understand and appreciate this, but as it tends to happen in life, I remembered those pictures from 5th grade during a time when I needed to refocus and rethink some things. And I realized I had forgotten the simple and undeniable power and value and necessity of still photographs. The have the power make someone feel emotion, to change their opinion of something, to see something they'd only heard of, and in my world, the photos I make can make you desire something, from clothes to electronics to makeup, to joining a charity or a movement you're passionate about.
So having love photographs and images most of my life, it wasn't until after graduating college that I became interested in the process of making a photograph. I found a couple of boxes of negs and prints from my dad's college photojournalism class and something about them a couple of them just mesmerized me, and spent hours looking at everything in those boxes.
When I finally first picked up a camera sometime in the summer of 2008 I think, it was love at first frame and day one. I read every book I could get my hands on, I asked a few friends for advice, . and within six months I had left my job as a mortgage broker to pursue photography full-time.
My first portraits were mostly of musicians and singer-songwriter friends in Nashville and Los Angeles. My music and portrait portfolio grew, and in 2010 I moved to Brooklyn, NY and continued to hone my portrait skills. Within a couple of years I had photographed album covers and publicity images for every major record label, and even spent a year as the Staff Photographer at Atlantic Records.
Living in New York City drew me to the world of advertising, and I expanded my portfolio beyond music and portraits as I dove into shooting more commercial and lifestyle work. I left Atlantic Records shortly after shooting my first advertising job and have since photographed campaigns for many well-known national and international brands, receiving commissions directly from brands' in-house creative teams, as well as their various ad agonies.
Some of the companies I've worked with in recent years are Air BnB, American Express, AT&T, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Cleobella, Clique Media, Curb Records, Day One Agency, Domaine Home, EMI Music, GQ, HGTV Magazine, Hollister, Interscope Records, John Varvatos, Men's Fitness, Shape Magazine, Sony Electronics, Sony Music, Traditional Home, Universal Music Group, Vice Media, Warner Music