Writing a biography about yourself always seems a little awkward to me so here are common questions I get and the answers I give.
Where are you located?
My studio space is located in Cloverdale, BC and I serve Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. I don’t mind driving for location shoots but beyond Langley mileage fees do apply.
Do you have any kids? (I get this a lot when photographing families)
Yes I do. I have a 3 almost 4 year old daughter and an amazingly tolerant wife!
Have you been doing this long? (I get this a lot when photographing dancers)
I’ve been a photographer for more than 20 years and I’ve been photographing dancers for about 2 years now. It all started with an old friend from high school who saw some of my other work and she asked if I would do some dance photos of her daughter. Well, she was AMAZING which then led the parent of a former student (I’ll make the connection next) to ask if I would do some more dance photos of another talented young man. That led to me reconnecting with said former student (who’s always been one of my absolute favourites even though you aren’t supposed to have them) as she came along to help with styling and posing.
You two really work well together. (Okay more a statement but I still answer it) Jaimie (said former student from above) and I really do work well together. I know that I enjoy working with her. I also get to work work with Nicole (who’s also amazing), who’s Jaimie’s friend, on dance sessions now since Jaimie is off travelling the world on a boat as big as a city all the while dancing her heart out. With them, we are able to create some pretty cool dance images. They give the pose, I light it and tweak it for the camera. Magic. I hear this a lot when we do dance sessions because the session fee not only includes me but either Jaimie or Nicole.
Do you do this full time?
I’m actually a full time teacher. I teach grades 6/7 in a very nice public school. I used to photograph full time a long time ago but just got burnt out and stopped photographing for many years until that one fateful Christmas when my wife bought me a camera. This is why I said tolerant! I have to really work to balance work, photography, and family. Do I want to do it full time? Not really because then I couldn’t pick and choose what I like to photograph.
Did you go to school for photography?
Actually, I did! It’s rare these days with learning by YouTube but I went to Langara College to take the Professional Photography Program. Some of the people I went to school with are now the instructors there as well! Two of my former students are also now photographers. One went to Langara and one didn’t but both are exceptional photographers and are going to do great things.
Do you do weddings?
No, not anymore. Well that’s a lie. I’ve done one recently but that was really a favour to a friend. I used to photograph a lot of them but they’re a lot of work. One thing I love about weddings is the storytelling you can do with photographs.
Do you do head shots?
Yes, I do. Have a look in the galleries for examples of my work.
Do you have a style?
I do like my photographs to look a certain way but I’m definitely not bound by it. I find my style changes little by little over time. For dance images I tend to like images that look a bit unreal and a bit on the edgy side. For portrait images I personally like images that are clean and crisp where the subject stands out from the background. If I get the opportunity to photograph children, I like more non-smiling, soulful looks. Of course you get all types of images in a session with me. These are just my preferences and not absolutes. Have a look in the galleries. You’ll see that my images have a range of looks but will all have similarities.
Do you do landscapes?
I really wish I did landscapes or still lifes or something like that. I’d love to put something like that on my wall at home but I just never seem to have the time to get out there to photograph something like that. Best light is early in the morning at sunrise or late in the evening at sunset for landscapes photography. I’m not getting up early and evenings are usually too packed as it is. I guess it’s people photography then! It’s too bad I can’t put those photos on my walls. That would be too weird.