As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera in my hand. Back in the day, I used to go to Eckerd’s drug store to drop off my film and come back a few days later to pick up my prints. What a joy that was! One of my greatest experiences as a youth with photography were my early high school days. I call these the days of Tri-x, when I learned how to develop my own B+W film. It’s definitely one of my favorite experiences in the early days.
Once I graduated from the Northwood University School of Business in West Palm Beach, I moved to Ft. Lauderdale and started my own interior design company. It was here I had the pleasure of being mentored by a incredible artist who introduced me to the importance of composition, color and comprehensive design. I didn’t know it at the time, but this experience marked the beginning of my journey as an artist. I began learning more about photography and lightning in order to catalog all of my projects for my portfolio.
After about three years I made the choice to say goodbye to the world of interior design. Even though I enjoyed what I did, I still remember the day when I thought, “I have to do this for the rest of my life.” The passion was not there, and without passion, there is no happiness. So I decided to move to Miami in search of my passion.
About a year into a permanent Spring Break filled with waiting tables, my passion was revealed to me. My manager at the time, Stefanie, asked me where I had gotten the photos on the walls around my place. I told her they were mine, and she was taken aback. She asked me if I ever thought about pursuing photography as a career, instead of just a hobby.
It wasn’t long after that I photographed my first wedding. There’s something very special about being a wedding photographer; I thrive on the swift pace of the day and the pressure of only having one opportunity to get photos right. There are no re-dos!
I was finally able to express my love for design, color and composition in a way that not only gave me joy but also retells a story that clients can revisit for a lifetime. Ten years later, my former manager Stefanie is now my wife, and we have three beautiful kids and a thriving photography & design business. Photography isn’t just a passion… it’s a reason to get out of bed each day and touch the hearts of many!
It has been a fabulous journey working with couples from around the world, telling their stories. I am looking forward to having the pleasure of documenting yours!