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

From the time I was a child, I loved drawing and painting. When my dad gave me my first camera when I was 12, I saw photography as another art form, and those early images always 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. From those early photos I learned two things about my photography. The first that carried over from my nature photos, is that I always prefer the warmth of natural light. The second is that, 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 in a collaboration. I think everyone has something to say, and a good portrait often comes out of letting go of a plan or a preconceived idea and creating a place where people "tell" you who they are. Most portraits tell someone’s story...or a hint of it. The best photos are complete, but still ask for more. They draw us in. 

I want to hear those stories and tell them.

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