Yep, I was empowered; taking great photos, capturing her smile & lovin' every minute of it (not to mention I felt like a real photographer with a fancy camera)!!! Unfortunately, the images were simply too large to email, so I started this site as a way of sharing those precious moments with family & friends. Initially, it was nothing special; a basic black background, white lettering & the images. For me, presentation has always been everything & I desired much more. After deciding on a color scheme, layout & logo, I indulged myself with many looooong, frustrating nights of writing html code. With a little help (& some patience), I was able to create what you see today!
Me? I'm a country boy from eastern North Carolina (go 'Heels & Panthers!!!), grew up farming, drank from Mason jars, fished & hunted (a lot!), survived a near fatal motorcycle accident in '98, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degree in Finance, played baseball there, moved to DC in '01, got married in '06, played three seasons of minor league professional football here, active in local youth & high school baseball, avid sports fan! Have a really bad habit of biting my nails, neat freak & terrified of frogs (traumatic childhood experience)!!!
What brought me to Washington DC? My career - Financial Services Manager for a major Japanese corporation for 12 years. Favorite app? USA Today! Favorite places to shop? Amazon & Banana Republic! Favorite TV shows? the NFL (go Panthers & Ravens), Swamp People, CSI NY & Property Brothers! Favorite meal? Fried catfish, cabbage, boiled potatoes, Jiffy cornbread & sweat tea (did I mention I was a country boy?!?!?!) Favorite snack? Häagen-Dazs butter pecan ice cream! My guilty pleasure? Haribo Gummy Bears (talk about addictive!!!)
I. . .
. . .Love God!
. . .Love reading "Tickle Monster" & hearing Camryn & Kellan giggle!
. . .Love playing the kissing game with my beautiful wife, Cameo!
. . .Love Music! Ambient Lounge, Neo Soul & Modern House
. . .Love Jack + Ginger!
. . .Love to travel!
. . .Love things to be simple!
. . .Love smiles & laughter!
. . .Love textures, colors & patterns!
. . .Love dramatic skies after the rain!
. . .Love being a photographer!
So what's my photography style? I'd say I'm a Modern Lifestyle Portrait Sports Photographer who loves shooting outdoors. Keeping things simple allows me to capture the purity of the day (the love, the laughs, the you)! Some are interested in gear; I'm a Canon shooter & have been since day one. My favorite lens is the "Nifty Fifty", Canon EF 50mm f1.2L IS USM! It produces the most wonderful images (yep, it's my go-to baby!) Ever see images where the background falls smoothly out of focus? This lens is phenomenal at this & is a must have for any photographer. My second favorite lens is the Canon 70-200mm f2.8. This lens is my workhorse & I use it for almost everything, especially getting the small details. I use it for portraits, street photography, landscapes & sports. When I'm feeling really adventurous, I'll grab the ultra-wide Tokina ATX Pro 11-16mm f2.8. It's incredibly sharp & the unique angle distortion it produces makes shooting with it extremely fun!!! While modern technology has opened doors beyond the limitations of cameras . . . I strive to create artistic interpretations of real subjects using techniques that preserve reality of the image.
Ok, enough about me - what's your story?!?!?! I'd love to hear from you!!! Feel free to leave comments on individual images, an entire gallery or the guestbook below. You can shoot me an email or if you're old fashioned, feel free to call me at 301.678.3811. Thanks again for stopping by!!!