Art has always helped define who I am. I sketched and painted in my early years, often preferring visual expression to other forms, and I always knew art would be in my life. For me music and the visual arts are inherently connected, and together they were the source of my inspiration as a young adult. I was always drawn to music and art that challenged the status quo and was relatable on a very visceral level. I loved looking at vinyl album covers and liner note art. For me, they provided a window into that world which I wanted to be apart of.
I studied at Ball State University in Indiana and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Fine Art Photography with a minor in oil painting. My style took a more focused direction in college, and my life experiences became evident in my work.
My work celebrates the cooperation between contrasting ideas. Nature in urban environments, light in the darkness, a swatch of intense color in a bleak pallet, joy and beauty in the melancholy, classic with a modern energy.
Whether I am taking a portrait of a bride and groom on their wedding day or shooting a band on stage, I am looking for authenticity. Photographs of a fairytale wedding should show the true spirit of the couple on their fantasy day. Posed doesn’t have to mean contrived. Real people, true love. And a photograph of a band should capture their passion for the music and the energy of the show.
To me art is an expression and celebration of life. It tells a story. I’m looking forward to helping you tell your story.