Ever since I can remember, I’ve been intrigued with photographs. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a Visual Arts degree, I went on to pursue photographing the stories that unfold on wedding days. I consider photography to be celebrating life through imagery.
To me the weddings are about people. If I’ve missed that, then I’ve missed everything. I realize that these photographs will be looked at for generations to come. The images should tell a story beyond the actual day of the event. With that in mind, I feel as though I have one day to capture images that will last a lifetime.
For me, the best portraits come from people that are unaware that they are being photographed. Being unobtrusive by nature, most of my clients do not even notice that I am documenting them throughout the day. This allows me to capture unraveling candid moments that reveal people’s true personalities. I put all of my energy into anticipating these key moments. It’s these telling images that not only are treasured by the families for generations, but have also gone on to win awards, and have been published in various magazines.
The art of printing is what brings great moments to life. In the darkroom, I would dodge and burn prints, and add filters to the film enlarger for more contrast in my prints. The same concept applies with digital photography. I put quite a bit of time and effort into perfecting each image by dodging, burning, and adding contrast for the best possible prints. To me the images are too important not to.