I was born in the early 70’s (no, that is not a typo!), grew up through the 80’s and 90’s, raised on a (very) healthy diet of rough-housing with my brothers, summer camp, MTV, travel hockey, college lacrosse, and grunge rock. I am a total Aries – passionate, enthusiastic, WYSIWYG, and always blazing my own trail. Firm believer that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere and that chocolate and peanut butter should be its own food group.
I wear (and have worn) a lot of hats in my life – facorite son (it’s okay, they know), teacher, coach, wine seller, corporate ladder climber, side hustler, but non is as important as ‘Jeffy’ to my step-daughters and ‘Babe’ to my wife. My world revolves around these ladies and our life together – and our crazy dog, Max, and feisty cat, Django.
I had exaclty zero plan of becoming a step-father, but if our story has proved anyting, it’s that love and life are completely unpredictable and that family comes in all shapes and sizes.
Friends, Family, & Love
I moved a lot when I was younger – grade school, high school, college, early adult life. In the span of just 10 years I moved to and lived in 6 different states – Delaware, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, (back to) Tennessee, New York City, Connecticut.
Moving is never easy. Saying goodbye is hard. But growing up with a strong family foundation (thanks Mom and Dad!) gave me a sense of stability and love that served as an anchor during those times of change.
And each new place I moved to, I was open to the experience and that allowed me to form new friendships which became a source of strength through each transition and ended up serving as a support system that spanned across all the different places I’ve called home.
You simply never know what you will become, where you will go, and who you will meet along the way. But one thing is for certain, it’s the people in your life that will carry you along your journey.
And that, my friends, is why I photograph.
I firmly believe that the human experience at weddings is overlooked. We tend to focus on all the pretty – the dress, the shoes, the epic location, the décor.
Don’t get me wrong, as the son of an antique collector, I like nice stuff and have a heart for good design. But that’s all on the surface.
The really important stuff is what’s happening beneath the surface – the relationships, the connections, the love. And that’s what I want for you – to have your relationships captured and preserved, to be able to look back at your photos and feel each and every moment with your loved ones on your wedding day.
That’s the good stuff and I won’t miss a beat!
A few things you should probably know before we work together
I once crowd surfed at a Nirvana concert when I was in college. Now I just have 90’s Seattle grunge karaoke sessions in my car.
Do I like coffee? Let’s put it this way – I mail order my beans and my coffee equipment takes up WAY too much counter space. So, yeah, I like coffee!
I worked in a wine store so if I say things like ‘Champagne only comes from Champagne’ it’s nothing personal.
For me, dinner is an event – music, wine, ambiance … and that’s just the prep!
There is never enough dark chocolate and extra crunchy peanut butter.
I’ll stay up ‘til 1am to watch two countries, I can’t even find on a map, battle it out in penalty kicks.
Not to brag, but my buttermilk pancakes are legendary. Like, get a teenager out of bed on a Saturday morning legendary.
I graduated college in 1995 and I may or may not still wear my game day lacrosse shorts.
My ultimate dream is to restore an old Italian villa and have family dinners al fresco at a long table under a tree with garden lights.
The more comfortable you are with your photographer, the better your photos will be.