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Who am I?

I was born in a small town in Texas called Witchita Falls. I’d love to tell you about what it’s like to be a Texan, but my parents moved and begrudgingly brought be along before my 1st birthday. South Carolina is where I grew up and it’s there that I tell people I come from. The southern twang may have dropped a long time ago (unless I’m tired or drunk), but the attitude of treating people right and going through life with a sense of decorum hasn’t. We moved once again around the age of 7 across the country to the state of Washington. It was here that I discovered my love of performance and photography.

I come from a long line of borderline-professional photographers. My grandfather, Kenny, was always within a reaching distance of his camera. Some of my first memories of him are of capturing a stunning landscape or lake. My father continued his legacy, shooting mountains, lakes, trees, wilderness, birds, and whatever else happened across his path on a hike. He instilled this love of photography in my brothers and I at an early age. I was shooting on his camera by 12 and had my very own hand-me-down by the time High School came around. I loved the dichotomy between the perception and experience we have of a moment, and the sometimes vastly different picture that could come. I learned then that photography is not only an art of inclusion, but exclusion. I found that through the camera I could mimic the way I see the world. As my girlfriend tells me on a regular basis, I have an amazing ability to focus all my attention on a specific item or idea. This is usually accompanied by the  total loss of periphery. With a camera I could show people how I experience the world, without distractions and with focused clarity.

Unfortunately (as far as timing goes) this is when I discovered my other great passion: theatre. I had finally gotten up the courage to audition for a High School production and surprisingly got a role. Performance opened a window for me and I jumped through head first. In High School and College I would go on to perform in dozens of shows and eventually received my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Drama. With the dense amount of time that theatre requires, however, I had put photography on a back burner. It was a craft that I enjoyed so very much, but at this point in my life I didn’t think it was a career option. I had resigned myself to being another borderline-professional.

Acting, however, can be a cruel mistress. When you are hot and working everything is lights and applause. When you are auditioning for commercials and scrounging to get by, it’s hard enough to keep the lights on. It takes time and a boat load of hard work to succeed at any art. As I grew older and more insightful, I realized maybe my way of seeing may not be in my best interest. And so I began the hardest challenge I would face in my life: learning how to multi-task. Here I found that my other joys could aid me. Photography was not just a hobby I enjoy after a hard day of work. Photography IS a hard day of work. Like acting, I can create a piece that evokes emotion. I could support myself creating art. Much better than paying the bills waiting tables.

So here we are. It’s been 3 years since I started doing this to make a living. I don’t see me putting this down anytime soon and delight in knocking that “borderline-” off of professional.

I am a top notch photographer that will do what it takes to get the shot that my clients need.

I have a sense of hospitality that is so hard to find in Los Angeles.

I produce and film HD video for the web and screen.

I write, direct, and act as often as I can.

I revel in creation.

I shoot.