If I were to describe myself, I would say I am a storyteller with my camera, who is very passionate about my work. I love to capture moments that make you smile, laugh, pause or cry. Whether I am hired to shoot your portraits, wedding, news or public-relations events, my goal is to capture those important fleeting moments, which tug at your heart. We've all heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Well, I believe that to be true and strive to accomplish that during each of my photo adventures. At the end of the day, memories are all we have left...unless I'm behind you preserving them for a lifetime.
My style of shooting is easygoing. I want you to have fun and enjoy yourself during portrait sessions and/or your wedding. As a natural-light photojournalist, we would work together to find an outdoor location suited for your needs. Posed photographs will be taken, but I will continue to click away hoping to catch candid moments of your personality...a charming glance, a smirk, a stolen kiss or shared laughter. I want your photographs to tell the story of your special day.
Although I have had a camera in my hands since I can remember, since 2006 I have worked as a professional freelance photographer for the Greenspun Media Group's news publications, as well as public-relations firms, corporate clients and families in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area. Many of my photographs have won awards through the Nevada Press Association. I hold a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an AAS in Court Reporting from the Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville.
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