When you’re thumbing through old photos or pictures from a recent photo shoot, what are the shots you’re most drawn to?
When it’s me looking through those photos, I like to see the essence of whoever is in front of the camera. For example, I want to see my family enjoying each other and having a good time. I want to see real smiles and emotions. I want to find little quirks and expressions that are only recognizable by those who love my subjects. Capturing what is “real”. I want to be able to look at my photographs and be able to relive the moment and feel the emotions as if I was actually in that moment again and I want my clients to do the same. Not to just remember a day, but to be able to completely associate an image with a stage of life, the sound of a laugh etc. I want you to feel something!
I picked up a camera for the first time way back in 1994. The high school darkroom was my safe space and an absolute haven for this poor, withdrawn and rebellious teen. I was completely at home there. Landscapes are where I started and I still believe I see the world differently than everyone else.
Fast forward 21 years. In 2015, I rediscovered this passion when a DSLR was given to me as a gift by my wife. After escaping a traumatically abusive relationship that last 13 years and three kids were brought into this world I desperately needed to find something that was 100% mine. Photography was it. I found light in my life again. And now, I chase that light and I cannot get enough.
When I first started photographing people I had no idea where I wanted to go with it. I started a business without knowing ANYTHING (please don’t do this lol). Now, almost 4 years later, I have become a much better photographer and business owner and I have discovered something else. I love working with teens and couples!! They give me so much joy and I can create so much with them that isn’t captured by just anyone.
I truly believe that photographs are so important. And the best kind tell a story. Remember the phrase, “A picture’s worth a thousand words?” My goal for every photo is to have it be worth a thousand and one. I learned this in the more horrific way. My father took his own life 8 years ago and my biggest hardship other than missing him so much is that I do not have but possibly 3 images of us together. I met him very late in life and both of our stories are hard to imagine. You never realize how important photos are until they are all you have left!
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P.S. I am based out of the central Virginia area , but am always open to travel (it is such a passion), as well!