I was given my first camera when I was 15, shortly after I knew I wanted to be a photographer. In 2007 I graduated from Columbia College with a B.F.A in Photography. My focus was the social landscape. I worked in large and medium format, making photographs of suburban and urban landscapes, heavily influenced by the New Topographics.
After College I accepted a full-time position with a video production company. I began as a photographer and shortly moved into cinematography. I was excited to accept a new challenge and make the transition. In my 11 years of experience, I filmed hundreds of video and photography productions. The experience I gained from the diversity of these shoots has been invaluable to my career. From boats to cars, farms to skyscrapers, animals to kids, every shoot was a different and unique challenge.
During those years, I found a strong passion for cinematography, a passion I thank photography for. Photography taught me patience and storytelling through images. It taught me that we make pictures, we don’t take them. This is a guidance that I follow today in cinematography, which continues to bring life and authenticity to my work.
I love the pre-light as much as I love shooting au naturel. My interest is creating work that evokes a progression of mood and feeling. Work that is more akin to music than fiction. I find joy in problem solving and making something that will last forever. And my approach is always to look and listen first, a lesson we all learned as little kids.