I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York. I never cared much for small town life and my friends and I always spoke about making our own way outside this tiny bubble. During my senior year, I interned at the Oneida Daily Dispatch newspaper and it turned into a sportswriting position. I got to cover fun events like the Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, and from then, I was hooked on journalism.
I was in my second year at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa when I realized I had to be a photographer. I was not happy at first because the class was at 8 a.m. and anyone who knows me, knows, I’m not a morning person. But, from that first sleepy-eyed morning I just began constantly carrying a camera around my neck. And while on staff at my college paper, photography opened my eyes to a new world of creativity.
After I graduated, I saw the warning signs of the news industry’s impending downturn, so I found wedding photography as a way to continue telling stories. Weddings are each their own. I always try to find what makes each wedding different and express that in my photos. That gets me to push myself in new ways of seeing things and showcase what made that day perfect for my couple.
In 2005, I packed up and moved to Philadelphia, where I met and married my wonderful wife, Sarah — who I met on the Internet, YAY for Match.com — on Oct. 10, 2010. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m likely editing them while watching one of my 1,300 movies/TV shows. That’s not a typo. When I get a longer break, I travel with my wife, Sarah, and listen to Punk Rock music like Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX.