A glimpse of me, what I do and why it matters
Our 4-year-old foster daughter Hailey looked up at a portrait in our hallway of my wife Heather and I and asked, "Are we not in there?"
It'd only been a month and a half since she and her 3-year-old sister Ellie had been placed with us, and we hadn't had time to settle down enough to even think about having a foster family portrait done.
We'd had dozens of family pictures on our iPhones and iPads, and hundreds of others of the girls -- our new foster family.
But out of the endless screens of digital snapshots we'd already had, many of which the girls took, Hailey instinctively recognized that a portrait on the wall meant we were a family, or weren't.
A 4-year-old girl showed me exactly why I do heirloom wedding photography better than I could. How can I represent anything less?
Plus, I freakin' love pretty pictures, ones that tickle my brain, ones that drip with beauty and glamour, ones that hit the classic notes correctly and still show me something new -- pictures that make magic out of the everyday.
For the background/technical oriented
As someone entrusted with your wedding, I believe in being an active, fully-trained professional, which is why I'm currently a candidate in the Professional Photographers of America Certified Professional Photographer program.
But that's not enough. As a proud member of the Horicon Chamber of Commerce, I help support local businesses and find ways to give back to the community through photography education.
I've spent hundreds of hours studying, training and honing my craft at all levels. I continue to study the latest business and photography techniques to improve my service and results.
While I have made many discoveries, such as that I like cole slaw as long as it's from a Memphis BBQ joint, one thing I didn't discover was my passion for images. That was always there. It just took a lot of years and a lot of work to turn it into a career.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be like my dad, who loved to photograph our travels. When he introduced me to an SLR camera for the first time when I was about 10, I became fascinated with learning what it all did and have been studying and practicing ever since.
From 2004 to 2010, I worked as a photojournalist/reporter for the Dodge County Pionier in Wisconsin, where I was an innovative photographer, page designer and writer, winning Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards (click; under second group) in those categories in 2007 and 2008.
But I wanted to create fairy tales and saw a need for higher quality and better service in the wedding market. So I began studying and practicing wedding photography in 2012. I briefly contracted with American Wedding Group and Edward Fox Photography before specializing in wedding portraits full-time on my own in 2014.
The juicy stuff
Most recently played tracks: Trolls soundtrack
Most recently watched movie: Trolls, Trolls, and Trolls
Most consumed beverage of the week: Mountain Dew (to get through more Trolls)
The really juicy stuff
Professional Photographers of America Member since 2012