A person can do many things in life. I am truly blessed to be a wedding
photographer. It is so rewarding. I have been a photographer for over
7 years. I only do photography, this isn’t a part time job, and
more importantly it isn’t just a career, it is a passion. I was
lucky enough to study photography at one of the top photography school
in the country and was mentored by one of the great American photographers,
Lynn Jones. He is truly legendary, and every aspect of my photography
is affected by his wisdom and love of the art.
Weddings are special. My husband David, also a photographer, and I have
been married for over 12 years. Each wedding I shoot is a re-affirmation
of my love for him, his love for me, and our relationship. If I was
a billionaire, I would do weddings for free. I love them, I love the
drama, I love the romance, the traditions, the wedding cake (can’t
help it), the dresses, my brides - everything about weddings, I love.
Weddings are the beginning of life. Two
people, become one: they start life with hopes and dreams; they grow
together, they create families, they become the bedrock of our culture
and future generations. And there I am, at the beginning, creating the
art of their romance. My art last lifetimes. In that, my wedding art,
I create what survives time - Love. I create a visual imagery of your
love. The most important human emotion is visually captured, and brought
to life in a ceremony older than history. I consider it a documentary
of life. Weddings, especially for us as women, are the most important
event of life.
For me, it is an honor to be part of my brides’ life altering,
and life affirming tradition. For me, every weekend, is a re-affirmation
of my relationship. I have a saying, if you don’t cry at every
wedding you shoot, then you’re just doing it for money, not for
Who are we?
David and I are eclectic. We have many varied interest and have traveled
most of the world through our photography. We do not limit ourselves to
a particular type of photography, and our body of work is extremely broad.
Our fine art photography is extensive, broad, and crosses many disciplines.
We refuse to be categorized, or limit our art. One of the most depressing,
and I suppose flattering, aspects of our photography is that it is stolen
so much. Traveling is one of the primary focuses of our life. We live
a modest lifestyle; have few if any debts, so that we can travel a large
part of the year. Of course our children are our other focus. We have
two wonderful kids, a daughter in college studying to be a teacher, and
a boy in high school.
Conservation is important to us. We have one of the largest captive breeding
programs in the world for red lories. A type of Indonesian parrot going
extinct in the wild. David is a nationally recognized speaker on single
species conservation breeding projects. He has traveled all over the United
States giving talks. He also has been a columnist in a national magazine.
He wrote one of the most important technical papers on the species ever
published. I administer the program, helped write and shoot the photography.
Many people wonder how we got into this project.
The real question, though, is why do we think this it’s important?
In 1887 the first parrot was bred in captivity. Shortly thereafter, this
parrot became the most prolific species to breed in captivity. The species
was successfully bred in the London, Dresden, Cologne, Paris, Cincinnati,
Pittsburgh, Washington DC zoo’s just to name a few. By 1917 the
species was extinct. This species was the Carolina Parakeet the only species
of parrot native to the United States. As individuals we decided that
we couldn’t save all species but if each of us chose one species
we could save that one. This is an important part of our life, and our
mission as stewards. We are preserving a gene pool till a more enlightened
society decides to protect their natural treasures.
We have both had a number of interesting life experiences. David is an
author, and is currently writing his first novel. He is a former University
professor and has a masters degree. His background is varied. He has been
a photographer for over 20 years starting in underwater photography. He
has been a business consultant and marketing guru. He runs our business
like a ship, a tight ship. He always has an infinite number of projects
going and works harder than any man I have ever known. My background in
more varied. I have worked in a number of jobs, but David put me through
college so I could become a photographer. It is one of the greatest things
I have ever done. An education is the greatest gift one can give someone.
It has opened my eyes and allowed me to be what I always imagined of myself.
I have been in photography directly for over ten years now. My specialty
is formal portraiture of brides, close up of flowers and impressionistic
photographic art. I can also be considered a master printer. David’s
chosen specialty is monument photography, or fine art scenes involving
archeologically significant sites. His goal is to put together a work
and exhibition on all the Anasazie ruins in the Southwest.
With all we do it is hard to just relax. We don’t watch television,
we enjoy reading. David loves history and fantasy, I enjoy many types
of novels. Films are great, however we never seem to get away to see all
of them. We greatly enjoy fine dining with good friends and great conversation.
We of course love nature and try to get away as much as possible just
to relax, one of our favorite locations is Balmorea in west Texas, literally
a desert oasis. Isla Muejers in Mexico has been a favored get away for
Life is my canvas, and my camera its brush. Life moves so fast, and children
are here today, and tomorrow their grown up. The moments pass so quickly.
As a photographer I hate to say, I have missed so many of these moments
with my children. They are almost grown now, and it was just yesterday
they were toddlers. It goes so fast. I create art with memories. I strive
to catch children - for your minds eye, so that you can always keep them
exactly the way you remember them. Those special smiles, those special
looks, so they will never dim over time. You will always have your memories.
We have always heard a picture is worth a thousand words. They are more,
far more than that. A casting call - a thousand headshots, ten thousand
headshots. Why does the next guy get the big break, and the other nine
thousand, nine hundred ninety nine people don’t?
That one head shot that stands out from the rest. I seek to raise head
shots to a new level. I try to create dramatic tension in my headshots,
as well as capturing your essence. What you want to portray, what you
need to portray. Will you get the call back with just my head shots, sometimes.
But why be one of the nine thousand, nine hundred ninety nine, that definitely
doesn’t have a chance. Walk in proud, confident, and sure you have
done all you can for that one big break. Most people never know how close
they came to that one decision that changed someone’s life. Line
up your cards as best you can, and then give it your best. I am here to
make you stand out.
Your pictures are more than just images in a folder. They are what you
are. You will have them forever. Can you make it modeling? Sure, if you
follow my advice - no problem. Size, height, age doesn’t matter;
people from all walks are in advertisements every day. What does it take
to be successful? Great pictures? Actually no. It takes dependability
foremost. Too many models are flakes. A model that can arrive on time,
without ever missing an appointment, without drama, is nine tenths of
the way there. One of my portfolios helps, but you can be the most beautiful
woman the world, and if you can’t make appointments, it will never
happen for you. Time is money for everyone involved. My photographic work
is crafted around you. It brings out your strong points, shows your potential,
creates drama, and establishes you as a professional. It is the starting
point for a successful career, along with hard work, and dependability.
I started my career as a model. I know what I am talking about. I beat
out younger, more attractive women simply because I was dependable and
showed up on time, a real novel trait in the industry.
You only graduate from high school once. We do the traditional pictures
everyone expects, but I also try to catch the real you. What is important
to you, that favorite place, favorite sport, something that is distinctly
and uniquely you. It is a memory for your parents, and for you. As with
all memories, I know they are sacred, and strive to create art that will
be with you always.
Families are important. We are all so busy; it’s so hard to get
everyone together to do formal portraits. I seek to create heirlooms.
Art that will pass through generations.
Through classical composition,
environmental techniques, I seek to create fine wall art that is centered
around the family. My work is suitable for framing and becoming a dominate
piece in your home celebrating your family. Freezing a moment in time
for you to have with you always. Family art, as time passes becomes one
of yours, then your children, and then your grandchildren most prized
possession. It will be with your family always - therefore, I seek to
make it memorable.
Boudoirs, or sexy pictures, are extremely intimate to us as women. We
are all worried about our flaws and imperfections. What will someone think,
what will they see, how will I look? Because of my own figure, I have
learned to create art from the female form. I am a master at focusing
the view on your best features, hiding imperfections we all have, and
emphasizing your beauty. I use judicious use of shadow, fabrics, and textures
to create compositions that promises much: shows little, and creates a
sensual theme. My subjects leave my studio having had fun, and most importantly
feeling liberated. All women are truly beautiful, and this isn’t
just a cliché. We shouldn’t repress ourselves because we
are made to feel overweight or unattractive. Each of us is entitled to
our moment of sensuality. To remember us as we want to be forever.