I have known for a very long time what I wanted to do with my life, and where I wanted to do it. I wanted to design landscapes, and I wanted to do it someplace with breathtaking scenery. I had been on my feet installing landscapes in the sun, and mowing yards since I was 14 years old. I decided I loved it so much that I moved across the country after high-school from S. Florida to Colorado to study landscape design. A state, and a school I knew very little about, other than it was breathtaking, and had a great agriculture program. I studied horticulture design at school, and I even worked as a landscape designer for a number of years after graduating.
I loved it, the problem was I also picked up a camera during my time at school. I purchased my first camera ironically for a landscaping course I was taking at the time. Quickly it turned into something more, and I began working as a staff photographer at my schools paper. I've never taken any sort of photography class, but I do credit working on a staff with so many great photographers with where I am today as a photographer. I found my eye for photography photographing college sports over those years, and found my photographic style while traveling around beautiful Colorado.
The problem life presented me, is now I had two careers I loved, it was a good problem to have though… Do I stick with what is certain as a designer, or do I steer in the direction of the unknown. Do I choose to go broke, and chase a dream, or do I take a pay increase & continue to live the life I had planned all along. I decided this, and it's where I currently am both as a photographer & as a young confused adult.
If I knew 6 years ago what my camera would eventually teach me, and where it would it would take me in life, and I didn't do everything I could to pursue it. I would be kicking myself in the foot if I didn't even try. So I stood up, quit my job, rented space in a studio in downtown Denver, and began pursing what I want to do the rest of my life. That is provide photographs for people in love, provide photographs of places people will never see, but most importantly I want my life as a photographer to be a direct reflection of the people & places I encounter. I want to tell stories, I want to tell stories that go beyond what words can accomplish. I won't be labeling myself as a wedding photographer, and I won't be labeling myself as a freelance photographer moving forward. I am a photographer & visual artist. That's not to say that I don't shoot wedding & I don't do freelance work all the time. It's that being a professional photographer, you should be both equipped, and ready to photograph anything at anytime. Your failures are what make you great, and if I were to say that I have only failed at shooting weddings, or only failed working as a freelance artist I wouldn't feel comfortable saying all this now. Regardless if you've known me for 25 years, or if these words are all you know about me. I think it's important that people know you fail, and see that you can pick yourself up, and improve from there. That’s where I currently am, filling in pot holes, in hopes of finding a paved road to go down.
My style as a photographer is very candid, and I shoot with the philosophy that a perfect photo will never exists. I don't believe in most awards, because I don't think one person or any one group of people have the right to decide what is good or better when it comes to art. Art is personal, so that’s why you won’t see me applying or sharing awards. I photograph people for people, I have a shooting style but I rarely stick with it. My eye as a photographer continues to evolve as I work with different people. Everyone is different, every situation is different, so I shoot for a moment rather than a look.
So in a world over saturated with photographers, how does one stand out? The answer is I don't think you do, I think you try, and when your done doing everything you can do to "make it" you try harder. It's not about making it in this world, it's about experiencing what this world has to offer, sharing your experiences then appreciating & learning from what your given. I am looking forward to working with people, and companies I haven't even met yet. I am looking forward to continuing to fail... upwards that is, as quickly as I can. I can't do that without you though, so if you can relate to my philosophy & story then lets meet up. Let's create something that doesn't exist yet. Lets start a conversation with our words, and then allow the photos or videos we create together speak for themselves...
Thank you for reading, and thank you to everyone for the opportunities you've given me over the years. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for every person i've ever met or worked with. I hope this journal becomes something more than just an open blog for me… but that has yet to be seen. Regardless thanks for reading, hope this gives you a little motivation to do or keep doing what you love in life…the Future is exciting!
Fail & forgive on my friends…