Visual storytelling has been a lifelong passion that I have been fortunate enough to turn into a career spanning two decades. After earning degrees in filmmaking and photojournalism I began working professionally for news organizations such as the Chicago Tribune, the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times and the Associated Press and later with magazines including as the Smithsonian, Newsweek and National Parks Magazine. As I began shooting corporate and commercial work I continued to lean on my documentary skills to showcase the authenticity of my subjects and situations. In recent years I have collaborated with a wide range of clients, from universities, healthcare providers and investment banks to local and national brands.
No matter the client or platform I love creating images that connect and engage people to the story at hand, as well as the many unique experiences I’ve had along the way. I have visited the worst slums in Haiti and met world famous artists. I thrive on encountering new people and places of all kinds and am always excited for what’s next.
Photography and my personal life are always intertwined, but when I’m not taking pictures for a living I’m a busy husband and father of two young children and an adorable, but mildly neurotic, dog. While continuing to work throughout the LA area and beyond, we recently relocated our home to the nearby city of Ventura, where we enjoy exploring the surrounding beaches, mountains and farmland, as well as the city’s vibrant downtown. Free time is a novelty lately, but what I have is mostly spent playing guitar, savoring our amazing local beers, attempting DIY carpentry projects and, most recently, gardening. I’m fortunate to live on a property (available for shoots!) with numerous banana, citrus and avocado trees, as well as a lush vegetable garden where I’m growing a wide variety of produce, including tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, grapes and zucchini. There’s a lot of satisfaction in growing your own food. Though to be fair, California’s coastal climate makes it pretty easy. As with photo shoots, I’m nothing without my assistants. In this case my 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter who love nothing more than digging in the dirt.