My first camera was a gift from my granddad, his tank of a Canon AE-1. Later, in college, I worked for a production company editing tape on a mini dv deck with a jog wheel, and there I met a photographer who hired me as an assistant. I liked production because it was hard work, and we were always solving problems.
As you do, I moved to NYC to be a writer, later lived in Chicago, barrista’d twice, met a bunch of photographers, worked for a few, traveled to Europe when I could, and spent a year designing and building a house by hand. I made nearly as many left turns as pictures and worked really hard along the way to hone my craft. The journey gave me an ability to connect with people no matter who they are, where they come from, what they believe in, or what they do.
Now, as the projects have grown in scope, I strive to balance a high level of production with maintaining intimacy on set. As most of my shoots feature real people (or at least real emotion!), you can find me and my talented collaborators doing whatever it takes to create moments worth capturing.
Brands I’ve worked with include: Valvoline, Google, Vulcan Materials, Alys Beach, UVA Medical Charlottesville, Tenet Health, UAB School of Nursing, The New York Times, ESPN Magazine, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Monocle, Mental_Floss, EBSCO, Regions Bank, Equal Justice Initiative, Alabama Power Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity. Agencies include Speak Through the Noise, Big Communications, Lewis Communications, Slaughter Group, Devote Studio, Cayenne Creative, Addison, and North6. The best assignment I ever got came from Poppy at Monocle who told me: “Just go be curious.”
(pictures above by Uncle Paul, Cary Norton, Aaron Gresham, and Andi Rice)