Fine art photography and digital artist
I like to tell stories
What started as an interest in photography has turned into an effort to create a career out of digital imagery. From taking pictures, to photo manipulation, to video and advanced multimedia, I want to tell visual stories Trying to take advantage of the opportunities provided by digital technology, I'm combining sound and video with traditional still photography, and telling my stories in online and mobile environments.
I am currently on a year long sabbatical to focus on the quality and craftsmanship of my work. Taking a step back from my freelance work, I am spending a year in Germany and traveling throughout Europe looking for new experiences, new inspiration, and to spend a lot of time creating images.
I'm on a mission
I'm on a mission to end the phrase, "I'm just not creative". Creativity isn't a gift or a special power bestowed on a lucky few. It's like a muscle, that can be developed and strengthen over time, but must consistently be exercised to see any real growth.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
When scheduling, weather, and light quality make it difficult to shoot an image on-location, composites images can save the project. In this case, I shot the model in the studio and shot the background over several days to get the light I wanted for the final picture. The story behind the image reflects the fact that sometimes the only thing we have lighting our path is the faith we have in ourselves. Model: Ashley Jane
OWN WORST ENEMY
“The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.” ― George R.R. Martin
I wanted to tell a story in the theme of one of my heroes, Alfred Hitchcock, but with putting my own spin on his style and motifs. I created this image series as stills from a fictional movie about how the fear and doubt that hold us back often comes from within. Model: Kelsey Pape
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” - Salvador Dali
The relationship between an artist and their model is much like members of a band, each with their own speciality and playing their own instrument, but when brought together create work that is greater than could have been created individually.
“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
Telling an emotional story using light and mood, this is the story of the morning after the night before…
Model: Kelsey Pape
Additional video and photos from the Regret project
GROWING UP ALONE
“There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.” – Eric Hoffer
Created during a weekend workshop focused on image manipulation and storytelling photography, this is the story of a girl who grew up alone in a large, lonely house that wouldn’t let her leave. Models:Brittney Panda And Marsha Denill
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
This image tells the story that success is a result of consistent hard work over a period of time by showing a runner out on a lonely road as the day transitions from night to day. Model: Vanessa
The story behind the image
Some behind the scenes fun from the shoot
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath
Wanting to explore the tendency of some artists to doubt themselves and their work, I created this multiplicity image showing that sometimes we find that the fear and doubt we’re running away from is inside ourselves. Model: Deanna Bennett
Some behind the scenes fun from this image
“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” – Shanna LaFleur
Controlled studio lighting can be a powerful tool to shape the emotion and mood of the final image, here used compliment the precision, beauty, and grace of powerful ballet dancers. Dancers: Emily Poff, Caitlin Lennon and Cristina Page
“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” – W. E. B. Du Bois
Exploring the idea of starting over and accepting change, this is a short video created from a series of photo stills taken one warm summer night out at the lake…
Model: Lisa Marie
BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITS
Portraits can be one of the most compelling forms of photography, with the potential of capturing the beauty and individuality of the subject at a single moment in time.
LINES AND CURVES
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
We all have unique lines and curves to our bodies that are usually covered with clothes. Through the voyeuristic nature of nude photographs, we have the opportunity to objectively study and examine the human body.
NUDES IN MOTION
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!” ― Pablo Picasso
Nudes…in motion is an attempt to capture a nude image not possibly seen by the human eye. By using a combination of constant light and strobes, the subject’s path across a single frame is captured as a streak and a blur until the final moment where they are frozen by light. It’s a chance to see the human body as it moves through space, and to see the grace and beauty of an athletic and elegant person involved in that movement.
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A collection of images, video, and stories from the second edition of my work, focusing more on story telling, photo manipulation and processing and editing. Click on each image below to see more.
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