Growing up, I've always been into photography. It was a hobby that I didn't take to seriously. I would just causally take pictures whenever the mood would hit me just right. When my wife was pregnant with our first son, my Mom was battling cancer at the same time. Four days after my son Benny was born, my Mom passed away. Seeing life and death occur so close together gives you a greater appreciation for life and how precious it really is. That's when I wanted to take my photography more serious. I want to capture life's most precious moments.
I want to take a moment and explain a little bit about my post production process. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to enhance the beauty of the images I capture. But let's be real. With these two tools, one has endless creative control over there images. Really, the sky is the limit but is that a good thing? It's been my experience that true creativity isn't using every tool in the bag. It's using the right tool at the right time to bring out the most unique beauty in an image. I don't go overboard with my editing because there isn't a need for it. To capture a story through pictures, the story needs to be non-ffictional. To add to the picture is really taking away from it. That's why you'll see subtle enhancements that really brings out the beauty and tells the best story.
When I'm out shooting or even talking about photography, people often ask me what kind of equipment I use. So I thought I would take a moment and tell you. I use a Nikon D810 with 3 different lenses. 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and a 70,200mm. A photographer can take a bad picture with a good camera and the opposite holds true as well. For me, it's more important to find out why I'm taking the picture instead of what I'm taking a picture of. The most important detail is knowing the images I capture are going to tell a family's story for years to come. I believe that shows in my pictures and sets me apart from others.