I'm a portrait photographer living in southern Arizona. I create contemporary portraits that help capture special moments in your life and tell the story of your legacy.
When you hire me, you're not just getting a simple photo shoot, you're receiving a portrait experience from beginning to end. I help you create a concept around your ideas and do my best to deliver exceptional results.
My main line of focus is working with couples and individuals. I also love to photograph maternity + family portraits, personal branding + headshots for small businesses, and editorial + commercial work. Whatever you choose to hire me for, you can put your trust in me to create a wonderful experience and everlasting legacy portraits for you.
I grew up a very shy kid. Teachers would tell my parents that I'm too quiet in class, and that I need to be more involved. But I've realized over the years that I'm not shy, I am introverted. I'm simply a thoughtful and observant person, and my socializing capacity reaches it's limits after a couple of hours. Although, I was socially awkward for most of my life because of this, in recent years I have broken out of my shell and have grown more confident in finding my own voice. I have photography and my business to thank for much of my growth.
Now, I have discovered a joy in talking to other people, complete strangers, and learning about their journey. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. I do my best to create a comfortable environment for anyone and everyone to open up and share their experiences. I appreciate the vulnerability and courage that goes into opening up, and honestly feel that simply talking can help people heal.
To take it one step further, I believe that great photographs can help people heal as well. Portraits can be very empowering, and help many people find confidence in themselves they were never before able to access. They are something to look back on in reflection of where you were in that particular place in your life. Whether it was joyful or difficult, it reminds you of how far you have come.
My interest in photography started at a young age. I remember watching my dad lug around a heavy VHS camcorder over his shoulder during family vacations and trips to the beach, then popping the tape in the VCR and huddling around the living room TV to watch the videos playback. The nostalgic memories created from an early age take me back to simpler times, and remind me of where I have been on my journey. It's safe to say that cameras have always been around me and have been a significant part of my life.
I went through rolls of film from disposable cameras on middle school field trips. In my teenage years my dad gave me a Sony point-and-shoot camera that I carried with me everywhere I went. Through my early 20's I started getting more creative with my photography skills while using my first iPhone. Eventually, I made the decision to purchase my very first entry-level dSLR camera in 2013. From then on out, learning to utilize my camera to it's fullest capabilities became my obsession.
In order to get out of my comfort zone and continue striving to perfect my craft, I began taking portraits. Over time, the lack of confidence, social skills, and belief in myself were replaced by a sense of fulfillment, a spark of joy, and confidence in myself and in my abilities.
Showing people what they look like in portraits, captured from my perspective, and seeing how it affects them in such a wonderful way, has become one of the most rewarding feelings for me.