I’m a guy who loves taking pictures.
And I like looking good too.
Like most photographers, I have nice portrait shots of me holding a camera, looking off into the distance like I’m pondering about my next photo masterpiece.
But there’s a few more dimensions to my personality, and photography just happens to be one of them.
I’m really into style. Because who wants to look boring all the time?
I’m someone who appreciates seasons, which is why I moved back to North Carolina from Florida. Three years in the Sunshine State have taught me that perpetual summer is not for me.
I love bowties. Real bowties, that is. I have about 60 in my closet. And yes, I wear one when I shoot weddings.
I first picked up a camera during a high school photojournalism internship. I occasionally shot photos to go with my newspaper stories while in college, but it wasn’t until I became a professional journalist that I started taking photography more seriously. I went from shooting news to fashion shows and models to people asking if I could shoot other things. As a natural creative, evolving as a photographer was easy due to my love of taking nothing and turning it into something beautiful.
Why am I telling you all this? Because photography is very personal.
So if we’re going to work together, at least you should know a little about who I am.
Raleigh | Durham Wedding Photographer Interview
Q: How long have you been a Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill wedding photographer?
A: My first photography experience was a high school photojournalism internship with the New York Daily News. I occasionally shot photos while covering stories in college and during my days as a professional newspaper reporter, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I shot my first wedding as a second photographer. I shot my first solo wedding in 2011 and haven’t looked back.
Q: What do you get out of photography?
A: The pure enjoyment of creating something special. I greatly enjoyed seeing my story in print when I was a reporter because it represented a feeling of accomplishment. I get that same feeling when I deliver photos to clients.
Q: So why not shoot for free?
A: That’s a good question, lol. I can definitely talk about how running a photography business isn’t cheap and blah blah blah, but simply put, it all comes down to value. There’s value in having the ability to solve people’s problems, whether its wanting to remember their special moment, highlight their professionalism and expertise, or articulate a vision.
Q: Why do you call yourself a wedding storyteller?
A: Every wedding is a story in my mind. It goes back to my journalism days, when I walked into scenes and immediately wondered how to best tell the story. Weddings aren’t any different. I’m looking for the photos beyond the obvious (the alter kiss, first dance, etc.) that tell the most unique story about the couple’s special day.
Q: If there’s one thing you would tell clients, what would you tell them?
A: Relax! You’re dealing with professionals when working with my team, so the last thing you need to worry about is how the pictures will turn out. Besides, that worry could end up showing on your face. So relax!
Q: There are a lot of photographers in the Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill area. Doesn’t that concern you?
A: Not at all. More photographers means there’s a greater appreciation for pictures. It’s an honor to not only be a part of this community, but to also highlight my unique talents.
Q: What’s it like working with you?
A: I think of myself as a detailed, engaged person. I like meeting people in person. I like asking lots of questions. Because building trust is important, and so is getting things right the first time.