My first camera was a gift from my granddad, his tank of a Canon AE-1. Graciously, the film was lost to history. Meanwhile, I focused my main efforts on skateboarding and mowing lawns. 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 few photographers, traveled to Europe when I could, and spent a year in a design/build program where I designed/built a house. 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, or what they do—at least for as long as it takes to make a few pictures. As far as photography goes, I am interested in Big Ideas, Great Light, and the warm Human Heart.
Brands I’ve worked with include: Valvoline, Google EIR, Vulcan Materials, Alys Beach, UVA Medical Charlottesville, Tenet Health, UAB School of Nursing, The New York Times, ESPN Magazine, Glamour, WSJ, WaPo, 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.”
I try to make pizza at home every Friday night, so if you want to come to dinner, I’d love to have you. Otherwise, let’s grab a coffee—or at least drop me a line—and talk about your next project!
(pictures above by Uncle Paul, Mom, Aaron Gresham, and Andi Rice)