I began my career when film was still around. Digital Cameras were new and untrustworthy but now times have changed. I remember shooting my first wedding in Glenwood Springs, CO with a Canon 35mm Camera and I remember being very nervous since I was using film and had no way of knowing if I exposed everything correctly. I was very meticulous every time I was shooting anything. I remember also running out of film during the reception and I had to have the groom’s sister drive me into town to get more film. Thankfully, wedding photography doesn’t work that way any longer. I admit that it calms me to be able to look down at an LCD screen and see first-hand that the exposure and focus is dead on. However, when it comes to Wedding Photography it’s all about “Capturing That Moment!”
When I was 22 I started working for Sharpshooter Imaging in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at the Glenwood Caverns – One of the Wonders of The World many say. We would photograph tours that came through the cave – Yes, in the cave! It was pitch black. It was horrible if our slave ever went out and I’d have to shoot a group with just my on camera flash. I made it work and it shaped me into being a much better photographer. It helped me with being more outgoing because each tour was 30 people and I had to get them to like me and take their photos within minutes.
I started a business with a friend of mine called Dragonfly Studio. We were very successful and had weddings almost every weekend during the summer months in Colorado. I’ve done weddings anywhere from Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction, CO to a Shooting Range in Leadville, CO and as far as a wedding at a ranch in Bloomfield, Indiana. At 25 I moved up to Montana and continued to do photography on the side and I devoted a lot of my time as an adoption specialist at an animal shelter. I work now Part Time at a marketing firm as an Internet Marketing Specialist but spend the majority of my time taking photographs. The energy, love, and positive atmosphere are things I enjoy more than anything in the world.
I enjoy going back to Colorado for weddings since I have family there I can visit. I love doing destination weddings just to experience a new place. I think I was born to do photography and I was lucky to be gifted with the artistic eye that I have. I had went to college to direct movies and received my degree in directing and screenwriting but there was always something missing. I found those missing pieces in wedding and event photography. I love capturing a person’s smile, joy, and sometimes their tears of happiness. It’s something indescribable to witness and I wouldn’t choose any other path than the one I’m on now.
P.S. The Photographs of the dogs on this page are of my pups. They are amazing creatures!