I’ve always truly believed that the richest people in the world are those rich in experience; Those who have lived their lives to the fullest by experiencing passion, taking chances and feeling the highs and lows. It’s all about those bumps along the way and the stories that you can tell to your grandchildren when you’re sitting in your rocking chair. Life is too short to waste your time doing something that you don’t love. Photography has taken me places and afforded me experiences that I never would have imagined. I am very fortunate to be doing something that means so much to me.
I’ve always been fascinated with the way a moment can be frozen in time by the click of the shutter. It’s like taking a little bit of that moment with you for the world to see. Sometimes photographs are all we have left from the things that are the most precious to us. I feel extremely lucky to have been given the gift of being able to preserve these memories and photograph people each and every day that I have great admiration for.
These photos are the result of my passion for photography the last 10 years of my life. Whether it’s photographing world class musicians, your wedding day or your little family, it is important for me to find a real connection with my subject. That’s when we are genuinely able capture the soul and personality of a person.
I think Beck explained it the best. The music that we are seeing is extremely temporary. When you go to a festival, you are seeing little snippets in time from what the music industry is now and what it used to be. People don’t live forever and even the extremely successful bands only stay together for a few years a lot of the time.
I feel a great desire to photograph the musicians that I have a connection to and those that are extremely important in music culture. It’s extremely sad to me when a musician passes away that I admire that I was unable to photograph. I feel lucky enough to have photographed the likes of Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Levon Helm and Sam Andrew before they were taken too soon. I have made a bucket list of musicians that I need to photograph while I still have the opportunity. There is no greater thrill for me than being able to capture the soul of a musician that will last in time far after they have left this earth. It was looking at classic photos of the Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Rolling Stones that I first found this passion.
Music photography is an incredibly rewarding art form. I am thankful for Jim Marshall and Annie Lebowitz among others whose work encapsulated rock and roll and the the lifestyle and passion for that music. Music may be ever-changing but the same thing has been true for centuries; Music touches people’s lives in an unexplainable and personal way. The music photographs on this site are the result of thousands of miles traveled around the country throughout the years, many sunburns and blisters on my feet and many nights fueled by energy drinks and zero sleep on deadline.
Shooting a major music festival is one of the most exhausting things imaginable but is incredibly rewarding. I’ve been lucky to photograph Coachella for the past 7 years and many years of Outside Lands and All Points West in New Jersey along with countless other headline shows. I also believe that the fans and crowd at shows are just as important at the musicians on stage so I do my best to capture them with as much art and care as possible. I will never stop photographing music. It is truly an incomparable experience.
In my career, I have been fortunate to photograph most of the bands that I have desired to. While it’s truly about the the images that are taken, It’s always wonderful to see my work utilized in many of the top worldwide music publications. My work has been seen internationally in print and online in places such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Playboy, Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, FUSE, BET, KTVU Channel 2 and many others. There is just such an amazing feeling about seeing your work being put to good use and especially being able to hold it in your hands in a magazine.
I love shooting band portraits! I have done a lot of backstage work with bands at festivals and have been hired for band promo photography. I want to do more of this in my career and would love to eventually shoot album covers for bands. I am very sympathetic to small band startups and offer special rates for portraits and live shooting for that purpose so get in touch if you are in a band and need some photos!
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my site! Take your time and stay awhile. There is a lot of passion and talent being showcased throughout. Check back periodically as I constantly update photos of mine and your favorite musicians as I photograph them! If you have a Facebook or Instagram please connect on there to stay in the loop! (Photo of me by Debi Del Grande)
To put it simply, your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It is many years in the making and requires an intense amount of planning but once it’s here, it can be incredibly overwhelming and go by so fast that in your mind, it almost becomes a blur. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is your photographer not properly capturing your day and preserving your special memories the way that you deserve.
While your wedding is about you, I feel it is important for me to tell you a little bit about myself as my personality and compatibility with you are essential. I live in Hayward, California with my girlfriend Karen and our huge horse of a bunny. I am frequently back and forth between Humboldt County and the Bay Area as i grew up in Humboldt County but moved back to the Bay Area almost 2 years ago. When not shooting/editing weddings, I can usually be seen photographing and enjoying my favorite bands a few times a week and rooting on my favorite sports teams from wherever I can. I know that many times the brides are the ones making the decisions on the photography as the groom is generally less interested so I would like to insure you that I probably share many of the same interests as your grooms as far as sports and music and that comfortability factor makes them feel more at ease during the shoots and make them less likely to become bored or disinterested. I do my best to make my shoots fun and while I do pose you somewhat, I generally try to get you guys to interact while doing so to insure that the photos are real and not just the typical, “look at the camera and smile” technique. These photos should reflect you as a couple and you should look happy in your photos. I feel my easy-going personality and sense of humor help you guys enjoy your shoot and leave you with a product that you love.
I can not stress enough that photography is the one and only service at your wedding that you should not skimp on. I am not saying that simply because that is my job, I am saying it because I’ve seen it one too many times. The couple decides to ask their uncle or friend to photograph their wedding to save on money because they have a DSLR and are a “photographer.” This is not to say that your uncle or family friend is not a professional as they may very well be but it is essential to hire someone who has a vast amount of experience in wedding photography specifically. Those friends or family members want to be off having fun at your wedding, having a glass of champagne with other family members or relaxing while your day should be being properly documented. It is not as simple as just standing around and snapping some photos and putting them on a disk. An insane amount of talent, knowledge of many different lighting situation, skill with the gear and artistic eye goes into the shooting and editing process. I’ve talked to many couples who went the photography budgeting route and they have all shared that if they had one thing to do over again, it would be hiring a professional photographer to capture their most precious day. Don’t make that mistake. You will cherish your investment many years down the road and so will your children and grandchildren. When it’s all said and done, wedding photos are family heirlooms and should be treated with a huge amount of respect and care as such.
I have been a professional photographer for about 10 years and I have photographed over 50 weddings and a large number of events. My degree is in journalism an emphasis on photojournalism so I can promise that you are in good hands in counting on me to document your special day. I am a firm believer in using portable studio lighting instead of being a “strictly natural light photographer” for a few reasons. Natural light photographers are extremely handicapped on how and where they can shoot. With my lights, I can shoot anywhere and in any condition and personally control the way every aspect of your photo is going to look. While photoshop and actions can be used tastefully, my philosophy is not to take a flat photo with a boring background and let photoshop turn it into a “beautifully edited photo” with a computer program. To me, that is not photography in it’s truest form. That just becomes a competition on who can find the sleekest looking pre-set and push a button to make it look “pretty.” Instead, I strive to take beautiful and dynamic photographs that are done right in my camera without relying on a computer to do that for me. While I do use photoshop and lightroom to process my photos, I don’t rely on it so heavily that the photograph is almost unrecognizable from how it was taken. I just find that unnecessary. As Ansel Adams once said, “A true photograph need not be explained nor can it be contained in words.” That is always my goal.
It is extremely important to have a connection to your photographer and feel comfortable with spending many hours with them. After-all, you spend more time with them on your wedding day than your soon-to-be spouse. I highly recommend an engagement session with the same person who is going to be shooting your wedding. These are extremely important in my eyes as you get comfortable with your photographer and get to know them on a more personal level. During this shoot, you get to see how the photographer works and what you liked or disliked about the shoot so when your wedding day comes, the transition is seamless and we are able to capture the photos that you love. I believe so firmly in these shoots that I offer them at no extra charge to you with all of my wedding packages.
Wedding packages for 2016 with full wedding day coverage and a print release to the edited photographs begin at $2,800. Please get in touch to set up a free consultation over lunch or coffee to go over what I offer and what your expectations and desires are for your wedding. Please reach out sooner rather than later as dates fill up extremely quickly and we only photograph one wedding each day. Don’t forget to ask about off season and non-saturday wedding discounts. Thanks so much for taking the time to consider me as your photographer. Nothing is more rewarding than ending up friends and continuing to keep contact with my clients as I do with many. I appreciate each and every one of you and can not tell you enough how much I am honored to photograph your special day. Thanks so much!
I really enjoy portrait shoots! Whether it’s photographing your engagement photos, your family portraits, your maternity photos or your high school senior portraits, I love having the time to be creative and provide you with something unique. I love color. I am fascinated with capturing emotions and freezing them in time. My style is based on using the outdoors and beautiful scenery as our backdrops. I am not a studio photographer. I believe that going out and making beautiful portraits of you are so much more genuine in a natural setting. Life is not meant to be lived indoors. Nature creates so many beautiful environments for us so why not utilize them?
I have equipment for all types of shooting. I use portable studio lighting and reflectors on all of my shoots and work with an assistant that helps thing go smoothly.
Portrait shoots with 2-3 hours of shooting time and a print release for the edited photos begin at $300 for general portraiture and $400 for engagement shoots (engagement shoots are included at no charge on all wedding packages so head on over to my wedding page for that.) I am always learning and love going outside the box so please get in touch with ideas or questions! I am always up for a challenge!
(Photo of me by Allyson Riggs)