I look for art in absolutely everything that I do, as it is quite honestly the art to be found all around us that draws me to photography as a profession, more than anything else. Art, for me, is one of two things: It's either the coalescence of shapes, forms, patterns, lines, shades, colors and light and/or sound; or it's simply anything created that evokes or bespeaks emotion.
Since 2011 I have been a full-time, professional freelance photographer with a heavy focus on wedding & event photography. As a freelance photographer, the vast majority of my work is copyright material of the companies for which I photograph as an independent contractor, and therefore not available for display on this site. My wedding work is easily well over 90% under contract as an independent, for example; and therefore the wedding portfolio I am able to share is a mere sliver of the true breadth of my work.
I didn't discover my love for photography until just prior to turning 29 in the early part of 2001. I was living and working in South America. Realizing that I was on what was likely to be my last visit to Peru for the foreseeable future, I booked a last minute weekend trip to Cuzco to visit Machu Picchu. Shortly after arriving, I realized that my small point-and-shoot digital was filled with sand from a recent visit to the beach in the coastal Chilean city of Valparaiso. I found a local camera store, and my choices were both limited and two-to-three times the price you'd find in the States. I opted for a Canon EOS Rebel 35mm film, two-lens kit. I spent over $1,300.00 for what cost around $500.00 in the States at the time. I purchased a handful of rolls of Ilford black and white film, read as much of the manual as I could that night in the hotel room, along with a couple bottles of wine; and then fell in love with the whole process, and what I saw come from it, the very next day.
Upon returning to the States in the early part of the summer of 2001, I began working photography more and more into my life as I spent the next 10 years between the international business world and the wine and spirits industry. My only formal education in photography came by way of auditing a black and white photography & film processing course at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI in 2002. Yet, I attribute my first true learning experience to my summer spent working as an assistant wedding photographer to Pierre Stephenson of Madison, WI (http://pierresportraitart.com/) at around the same time. He taught me more than any classroom ever could have, and I still follow his work to this day as one of the finest examples in modern wedding photography.
Since then ... both while developing my skills as a hobbyist/semi-professional, and since having dedicated myself to photography as my sole source of income ... I've made a point of trying as much as I can. Trying just about everything has helped me grow immensely in a technical sense, and it's much easier to find what you truly enjoy that way. As someone who truly enjoys the artistic aspect of photography, I don't ever want to stop trying new things. Beauty, feeling and emotion exist in most things; and it's all capable of being captured through a lens.