My first professional photography work was for the University of Washington newspaper, but it wasn’t the first job I had at the paper. I held positions as columnist, critic, designer, and editor. Photography was the last position I tried. It also happened to pay the best and was the one I liked the most.
As much as I enjoyed those writing and design positions, with photography I can do both. Photographs are designs that tell stories. The stories I like to tell most are about people.
I like working with editorial publications and businesses because they share the goal of connecting with people by telling a story either about themselves (business) or others (publications).
Creating compelling images also requires strong communication, listening, and trust-building skills.
For headshots and portraits, very few of us are natural models. So I’ve worked hard on developing techniques to distract my clients from their self-consciousness and put my them at ease in front of my camera. The results I get convey they are confident and approachable.
Distractions don’t work so well with event or editorial photography. In fact, it requires the opposite approach. In those settings I become the fly on the wall that is neither seen nor heard. This not only limits any disruptions, but also allows me to capture my subjects authentically and deliver on my client’s storytelling goals.
How can I help tell your story?
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE RELIED ON ME
American Society of Media Photographers
American Photographic Artists
Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA)