I'm a commercial and editorial portrait and fashion photographer living near Philadelphia.

I always think of myself as an artist first. From the time I was a child, I loved drawing and painting. So, when my dad gave me my first camera when I was 12, I saw photography as another art form, and that has never changed. It also amused my dad. Photography, for him, was always about capturing family moments. So, when I showed him my B&W photos of pine cones or tree bark, he’d joke with me, but he never discouraged me from my own way of seeing and using my camera.

I’d take photos of everything, but, I was mostly drawn to nature, and, when I began taking portraits, I thought of them as nature photos with people in them. The more portraits I took, the more I realized it was what I loved most, and much of that is because of my personality. I enjoy being around people, and I’ve found that many of my favorite portraits are like good conversations. They’re not something I create alone, but a collaboration, two voices. I used to be a writer for a national magazine, and I once asked Today Show anchor Harry Smith why, instead of asking specific direct questions, he'd set a scene or circumstance from the past of the person he was interviewing and say, "put me there." He said it was because everyone loves to tell stories, and that allows them to decide what to tell you and it will often surprise you. A good portrait often comes out of letting go of a plan or a preconceived idea and creating an honest place where people "tell" you who they are.

It's one of the reasons I love being around people. We all have a story to tell, and I want to hear them. And I want to tell them. That often led to taking portraits that were more thematic or told a story...or asked for one, which drew me to fashion and lifestyle fashion photography, combining storytelling, portraiture, and all of the arts. Portraits tell someone’s story or a hint of it, and lifestyle and fashion photography create a story, create a world we recognize or where we want to be. In all of them, the best photos are complete, but still ask for more.

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