I shoot film because I want to make something timeless. The warm feeling I get when I know I’ve just captured something great on film – be it the sight of a dramatic landscape bathed in just the right light, the joyful exuberance of a group of old friends’ uninhibited celebration, or the unexpected vulnerability of lovers caught in a moment of quiet connection – is what keeps me shooting film again and again.
I have found that creating an atmosphere of trust and comfort with my subjects is perhaps the single most important element in making a good image. A wedding day is one of heighted emotions – love, anticipation, and sometimes, anxiety. My aim is to be a calming and supportive presence to the couple and their guests, so that the process of capturing of the day in photographs becomes a vital and positive part of the celebration, and does so in a way that honors and respects everybody present. There are times when this is best achieved through direction – bringing subjects into beautiful light and giving the right directions to create moments of real connection on film. There are also moments when I aim to be as invisible as possible, capturing the candid interactions that can only happen when people don’t realize they are being photographed. In this way, my style can be both deliberate and spontaneous.
I live in Austin, Texas, and love adventuring to whatever destination my work takes me.