Before I became a part of the world of wedding photography and portraiture, back when I worked as a news photographer, one of the most exciting parts of my job was rushing back to the newsroom, developing my film, and watching a moment captured in time emerge. Today the technology may be different, but my love affair with images of life’s amazing moments captured in photographs has stayed the same. After a wedding or event, I still head back to my office and look at each photo I’ve taken for my clients. I want them to enjoy the same thrill I do when they see their stories captured in images that will last forever.
When you work with me, everything I shoot for you – whether it’s a ceremony, reception or portrait– I’m also shooting for myself as a photographer. And my standards of quality are exceedingly high. I bring my unique style of photojournalism to your wedding or portrait session, and together we can create beautiful images using natural light, creative settings, and non-traditional techniques. New environments and circumstances are invigorating, and I consider it part of my job to make the most of challenging situation so I can make your memories come to life.
I have been working as a professional photographer for almost 20 years. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in photojournalism, I went to work for a small suburban weekly newspaper. My first major assignment was photographing Princess Diana’s visit to Chicago in 1996.
Other stops in my career included the Daily Herald and the City 2000 project, a yearlong photo documentary of Chicago. My contribution to the project was shooting the Gage Park neighborhood on the city’s south side where I grew up. These images appeared at the City’s historic Water Tower, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Chicago Historical Center.
I also worked as a photo editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and began shooting for the Associated Press where I found a great niche as a sports photographer. In June of 2003, my photo of Sammy Sosa’s corked bat ran in hundreds of newspapers and magazine’s around the world.
Additionally, I’m an avid boxing fan and former Golden Gloves competitor, so I was thrilled to land a contract job with HBO Sports that gave me a chance to shoot more than twenty of the networks televised boxing matches.
Other clients include Getty Images, Wireimage, the Chicago Tribune the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, and Northwestern University. Several fortune 500 companies also work with me when they need portraiture and coverage of trade shows.
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