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NICE TO MEET YOU
I'm a Minneapolis-based photographer focused on weddings, elopements, engagements and travel photography. I bring my camera with me everywhere.
I grew up playing with cameras and taking pictures of the easy stuff: flowers, cats and family. I realized pretty early that I was developing my skill for capturing "the moment", especially in group settings, and it turns out that is a pretty solid skill for wedding photography.
In terms of equipment, I've used a wide variety of film and digital cameras ranging from Olympus, Sony, Pentax, Leica, Kodak, Konica Minolta (now Sony) and Nikon. This list will certainly grow. My current rig is Nikon and while most photographers are playing with film, I'm playing with obscure lenses, like the legendary Primoplan 58 from Meyer Optik. I shot my first wedding in 2005 in Cozumel, Mexico with a terrible Kodak digital camera and my trusty Olympus OM-1 35mm film camera.
2 cats, 1 wife, no car, traveler, sociable, hard worker, craft beer, boutique wines and a preference for keeping things simple. My undergraduate degree is in Biology. Then I went to business school for my master's degree. My awesome wife and I frequently walk or jog the city lakes in Minneapolis. Netflix is great. Every four years I'm a complete World Cup fanatic.
WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS
I'm drawn to weddings because of how important they are. I also love the breadth of moments that can be captured in a day. I'm honored to be part of each wedding and to be trusted to document all the subplots as they unfold. Engagements sessions are a different project and I'd say maybe just as important as a wedding. During engagement sessions, couples have license to be more creative and playful while with weddings, emotions tend to dominate. Ii like photographing both
I like taking portraits.
"Style" is such a nebulous thing. That said, with the help of friends and clients, I have refined my style to be a blend of candid (or documentary) and creatively vibrant portraiture. I like playing with colors and what happens when they approach the line of real and surreal, that often come out with film-like and dream-like quality all at once. I like black-and-whites that real isolate the subject and have medium to strong contrast (opposed to flat contrast). Additionally, you'll see limited use of flash in my photos because I have a very strong preference for natural or available light.
I strive for to capture moments as they unfold while staying true to two things: a high-quality documentary style and being intentionally artful (without "arting" too hard).
I'd love to meet you and get the conversation started. Please describe what you're looking for in the message box below.
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